May 21, 2007
Leesburg -- The Lee County baseball team will be back in a familiar position Tuesday, as the Trojans host Region 5 AAAA champ East Paulding in the state quarterfinals.
The Trojans offense has been playing especially well over the last month of the season, averaging about eight runs a game, and the spark in the Trojans line-up can be found right at the top.
Lee County head coach Rob Williams penciled junior second baseman Jeremy Sheffield into the top spot in the line-up a few weeks ago, and since that time, the Trojans offense has been clicking.
Williams says, "Ever since we installed him into our leadoff spot, our whole line-up seems to have fallen into place, and we've just taken off from there."
Sheffield adds, "I love that job, because I've got a lot of pressure on me trying to get the game off to a good star and a fast-pace. I just love it."
A good at-bat to start the game can set the tone for an entire series, and Sheffield enjoys making the opponents sweat.
"It puts a lot of pressure on other team," says Sheffield. "Coming in, working hard, trying to get their pitching off, taking a lot of pitches, fouling them off, put them in the opposite field, it's just the way it works."
Williams says, "He really enjoys hitting number one. He looks at a lot of pitches. It really helps our folks and he's doing a good job of setting the table."
With such strong senior leadership on the team, the junior says he enjoys leading at lead-off.
"It's kind of hard being a junior," says Sheffield. "You got to step up and play your game for all the seniors, and they've been doing a good job, so I'm trying to back them up."
Williams says his lead-off hitter has been one of the reasons the Trojans have advanced this far in the postseason.
"We've come out of the chute good in each of our games, and all that does is just put pressure on the other team right away," says the Trojans coach.
Lee County hosts East Paulding in a double-header Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.