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Columbia County talent on display in Savannah

Posted: February 23, 2014 - 1:04am  |  Updated: February 23, 2014 - 3:22am

Last weekend, GRU-Augusta’s baseball team traveled to Savannah for a three-game series with Armstrong Atlantic State University. Usually, this early season series would garner little attention. However, thanks to a pair of local products, the series turned into a promotional event for baseball talent in Columbia County.

GRU-Augusta took game one of the series 13-6 thanks to a huge game from former Greenbrier slugger Hunter Boose. The 6-0, 200 pound sophomore went 5 for 6 with two doubles, two runs scored, and four RBI.

For Boose, it was the beginning of a weekend he will likely never forget. Former Lakeside standout Clayton Miller is a catcher for AASU, and he had a respectable 2 for 3 performance with a pair of walks, as the two local boys stole the show in game one. Game Two was all AASU as the Pirates cruised to a 12-3 victory with Miller leading the way. The 6-1, 206-pound senior was 2 for 4 with a home run, while scoring three runs and driving in two more.

Boose was the lone bright spot for GRU-Augusta in the loss. He went 2 for 3 with a walk, a pair of RBI, and he also homered.

The rubber game went to AASU 5-3 as Miller had another two-hit effort. He went 2 for 4 with a walk, a run, and an RBI. Boose also kept up his hot hitting with another 2 for 3 performance that included a home run, a walk, and two RBI.

For his efforts, Boose was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week. For the three games, he hit an astonishing .750 (9 for 12) with two doubles and two home runs. He also reached base on two walks, scored 5 runs and had seven RBI.

For the weekend his on-base percentage was .786 and his slugging percentage was almost off the charts at 1.417. As if he did not do enough at the plate, Boose also handled all six balls hit to him at third base.

For the season, Boose is hitting .350 through 10 games (14 for 40) and is second in the conference in doubles (6), third in HR (2), and fifth in RBI (12).

Miller also finished the weekend with great numbers. He hit .545 (6 for 11), with 4 walks, giving him an on base percentage of .667.

The former Panther also scored five runs and drove in three more as his Pirates took two out of three for GRU-Augusta.

For the season, Miller is hitting a whopping .441, has an on base percentage of .524, two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

He also leads the Pirates with 11 RBI through 9 games.

Former Evans standout Jeff Rice played in only one game in the series, but for the season he leads the Jags with a .448 batting average (13 for 29). He has also smashed four doubles through his first eight games. Rice is a 5-9, 165-pound senior.

Stats courtesy of www.jaguarsroar.com.

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