May 20, 2007
Leesburg -- The Lee County baseball team is putting plenty of distance between themselves and last years loss in the opening round of the state playoffs.
The Trojans are accustomed to a deep run in the postseason, and are back in familiar territory this year.
Lee County plays in the state quarterfinals this week, as they host Region 5 AAAA champion East Paulding.
The Raiders have won 14 of their last 16 games, and beat Dacula and Saint Pius so far in the playoffs.
The Trojans have needed three games to beat both Northside Warner Robins and Woodward Academy.
Lee County head coach Rob Williams says the Raiders are the type of team you expect to find in the state quarterfinals.
"Very veteran team, they have 9 seniors returning," says Williams. "Excellent pitching. They have a couple of hitters that hit the ball really well. Just another team that's solid up and down the line-up."
Senior Antwon Shead adds, "Last year we didn't get all that far, and we're really playing good this year. Hitting the ball well, pitching well, and if we keep that up, we can go as far as we want to go. This is my last year, and I want to go out with a bang. Getting that ring would be real nice."
Lee County has the opportunity to play every game at home until the state championship, if they can advance that far, and the players say they're enjoying the home cooking.
Junior Jeremy Sheffield says, "Oh, it's a big, big difference playing at home. You've got your family, your crowd, everybody knows you, all the publicity. It's perfect."
Shead adds, "They really help us out, pumping us up, it really helps us. The fans, all the kind of support we have, is really big for us, the intensity level and everything."
Lee County hosts East Paulding Tuesday in a double-header beginning at 4:30 pm.