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Augusta Christian grad helps Georgia Southern's title hopes

Baseball camp

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 1:22am

Georgia Southern is making another post-season run. Over the weekend, the Eagles topped Old Dominion 49-35 in the Football Championship Series national quarterfinals. The victory puts GSU one win away from playing for the national title.

In Saturday’s win, former Augusta Christian standout William Banks rushed for 36 yards on five carries, good for a 7.2 yards per carry average. He helped the Eagles pile up an astonishing 602 yards rushing. This season Banks, a 5-9, 189 pound junior, has played in all 13 games for the 11-2 Eagles. He has accumulated 440 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per carry on the season.

Next up for Banks and Georgia Southern is a rematch with North Dakota State. Last season the two teams met in the national title game, with North Dakota State pulling away in the second half for a 35-7 win. The Eagles will be on the road and the game will be played on Friday night at 8 p.m. The contest will be televised on ESPN2.

Baseball camp

Former Westside High School baseball star Matt Childers will be holding a position specific holiday baseball camp at the Complete Game baseball and softball training facility in Evans. Childers opened the facility last year after a lengthy career in professional baseball. He was a star pitcher at Westside and selected in the ninth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Baseball is in his blood. His father, Terry Sr., played pro ball and his brother, Terry Jr., was a starting catcher for the University of Georgia’s national championship team in 1990. Another brother, Jason, pitched Kennesaw State to a college national title, while yet another brother, Scott, also played college ball.

After signing with Milwaukee out of high school, the hard-throwing right-hander spent five years in the minor leagues before earning his first big league call-up in 2002. He pitched in eight games for the Brewers that season. He also worked his way back to the bigs with the Braves in 2005, pitching in three contests. In all, Childers spent 13 years in pro ball before calling it quits in 2009.

Young players in the Augusta area will now benefit from his experience, not to mention all the help he will get from the community’s “First Family of Baseball.”

Complete Games’ Position Specific Holiday Camp will be held on Dec. 28-29 at 4111 Colben Blvd. in Evans. The camp will be from 9 a.m.-noon for players ages 8-12 and from 1-4 p.m. for ages 13-18. In addition to the incredible baseball knowledge and experience the Childers family brings to the table, campers also will get instruction from former county standouts Mark Hamlin and James Shanks. Hamlin was a star at Evans and Georgia Southern before playing in the Colorado Rockies organization. Shanks starred at Greenbrier before a long career in pro ball.

The cost for the camp is $65 for one day, $95 for both days. For more information, call (706) 814-5916 or visit Complete Game at www.completegamellc.com.

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