The Georgia College & State University baseball team will feature three Columbia County products on their roster for the upcoming baseball season.
In previous columns, I've profiled the local players featured on the teams at Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina Aiken. Those schools are not the only teams in the Peach Belt that recruit in Columbia County. Just down the road in Milledgeville, the Georgia College & State University team has made it a point to recruit our county year in and year out. That is why the 2006 Bobcats squad will have three players from the county on their roster.
Former Greenbrier High School Star Michael Newman is back for his sophomore season. Newman surprised many in Milledgeville when he finished his freshman season second on the team in wins and earned-run average. He finished 5-0 with an impressive 2.59 ERA. The 6-foot-1 sophomore right-hander figures prominently in the Bobcats' plans for this year.
In addition to Newman, junior right-hand pitcher Seth Newsome should push for innings this season. Newsome transferred to Georgia College & State after two solid seasons at Middle Georgia Junior College in Cochran, Ga. The 6-foot-1 junior was a standout for Evans High School.
Joining Newman and Newsome is freshman Sean Harrell. The 6-foot former Lakeside High School star will pitch and play some in the infield for the Bobcats.
Georgia College & State opens their season with a three-game series vs. Tampa University beginning Feb. 3 in Milledgeville.
One out of two ain't bad
Well, Super Bowl XL is all set for Feb. 5 in Detroit. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking on Seattle, which is making their first trip to the big game.
I know, I picked Carolina to knock off Seattle, but at least I got the AFC game right.
Pittsburgh completed an improbable run through the AFC playoffs with a 34-17 victory over Denver. In three post-season games, Pittsburgh has beaten the AFC's top three seeds, all on the road.
Seattle used their rowdy home crowd to help propel them to the NFC crown.
As for the big game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the champions.
The difference will be the Steelers' pass rush. Matt Hasselback is a talented quarterback, but he has not been pressured in Seattle's two previous playoff games. The Steelers will get to Hasselback, and they will win a tight game.
Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 20
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