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Half Way There!!

To start things off, sorry its been 2 weeks since my last post, but with school, baseball, and Spring Break, I haven’t had a lot of time to write.  The last time I posted a blog we had just swept Florida Southern, and were riding high with our new #2 ranking.  Well, we went into a midweek series vs. North Georgia, played awful and got beat both games.  We had a chance to redeem ourselves in our GSC opening series vs. Valdosta State, and took the series.  I think we were just going threw the motions that week, and since then we’ve been back on track!!  We’ve got a 10 game win streak going, but will be tested again this week with a midweek series at Columbus State, and a conference weekend at North Alabama!  When deciding who gets to host a regional the voting committee looks at home record and away records… Well, so far our home record is, 20-1, while our away record is 4-3!  We have a 11 remaining away games, so it will be extremely important to take care of business so we can achieve the goal we had at the beginning, to HOST a regional!

Jr. Zach Jadofsky

We were a perfect 9-0 on our home stand.  We started with a good Arkansas Tech team, which has a good chance of making the conference tournament.  We pitched great, hit great, but the weekend really was all about one thing… Danny Vargas was 1 out away from a PERFECT GAME!  It was an unbelievable effort, that was well deserved, but it just wasn’t meant to be.  Danny walked a batter, and the next batter got a hit.  It was Danny’s second 1 hitter of the year, but when it comes down to the last out, I can imagine there was and still is a bad taste in his mouth.  We followed the weekend with a 3 game midweek series vs. Division 1 Mississippi Valley State.  This was going to be a big week for our bullpen, because during the midweek series everyone was going to have to be ready!  We eventually swept them in 3 games that shouldn’t have been so close, but we’ll take 3 wins any way possible!

This weekend we had another tough test with GSC opponent, West Georgia.  They didn’t have a great record coming into the weekend, but in our conference any team can win on any given day!  That was shown when a good Valdosta State team took a game from us, despite a losing record.

Jr. Ben Hawkins

Tino Award Watchlist players Jason Postill and Dustin Lawley both had great weekends!  Jason got his 6th victory (6-0, 1.58, 57k’s) with a great performance, going 8 innings, with 10k’s and 0 walks!  Dustin Lawley (.346, 4HR, 29RBI) had a great week that included hitting the longest ball anyone on our team had seen.  A hanging curveball shot off his bat, soared into the sky, and BAM, off the lights in left field!  He followed up this weekend with another homerun, and went 9-20 this week with 7RBI’s.  Ben Hawkins (6-0, 1.13, 44k’s)  also had a good outing this weekend.  His command was off a little, but he was able to grind out a victory and has really emerged as a dominant starter for this Argonaut team!  Danny Vargas (5-1, 3.15, 35k’s) pitched great once again, giving up only 1 run in his 2nd consecutive complete game!  Zach North had a great weekend in relief, coming into 3 games and not allowing an earned run.  Zach Jadofsky got his first start of his career against Miss Valley and pitched great, going 4.1 innings surrendering only 1 earned run.  Rounding out the great pitching performances of the week is Shane Waller (6S,1.64, 19k’s)  who recorded 4 saves this week!

Sr. Dustin Lawley

Now for the most exciting part of the blog, and the REAL reason why people read it… MY PITCHING UPDATE! (any sarcasm there?)  I am pleased to announce that I am doing extremely well!  I still haven’t gotten an opportunity to throw in a game yet this year, but the strides I’ve taken during the season have been incredible.  Every bullpen I’m throwing now is full of strikes, with all three pitches.  I haven’t had a chance to throw in an intersquad game in a while, but I am fully convinced that I am ready to throw against other competition.  I have confidence in myself, and I continue to take care of all things that I need to in case my opportunity comes!

I’m attaching another aspect of how the dugout maintains a high level of energy during each game!  As many other schools have begun doing the “Love is Gone” fist pump, we jumped on board!

LOVE IS GONE!

A quick shout out to Michael Johnson and the Samford Bulldogs, who have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are 5-1 in conference!

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Thanks,

Philip Ebert #36