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Coastal Georgia Shootout showcases local talent
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The Coastal Georgia Shootout started yesterday afternoon and continues through Saturday at Panther baseball field at Liberty County High School.
Teams of players who have played with Bradwell Institute, Richmond Hill, Long County and LCHS Coastal Georgia Panthers will battle it out through the weekend, showcasing the young and upcoming local talent in the community.
Yesterday evening’s games pitted Richmond Hill against Long County and then teams of young players from Richmond Hill and the Panthers followed.
The action is set to continue with five games today at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Richmond Hill, Bradwell, Long County and the Coastal Georgia Panthers are scheduled for play.
The younger Panther squad was set to play two games while the older squad will play the other three.
According to Panther coach Steve Cotrell some teams scheduled to play in the tournament pulled out at the last minute but they would make due. This is the first of approximately 30 games the Coastal Georgia Panthers will play over the summer. For the coach it is an opportunity to prepare his high school team for next season.
“We have some outfield and infield positions that need to be filled (next season),” he said. “And we have some guys who are going to battle for those spots in the summer. Right now we honestly have some older kids that are taken things for granted believing they are automatically going to be starting next season. I think we have some young kids who are going to push some of our older kids out of their starting positions next season. We will see how it goes.”
The coach said he will use the summer games to look for kids willing to compete, are dedicated and want to improve.
He said it was amazing to see how some of the younger players have increased in physical size and weight in just one season. He is looking for the players who will not be satisfied with just making it to the first round of playoffs next season.
“I’m not made like that,” he said. “Our goal is to get better every year so if we made it to the first round this season next season we have to do better. We have to work toward a bigger goal. It’s matter of getting these young kids to understand the principles, and what we (as coaches) expect.”
But the summer league is not all work and the coach said they would have more days off between play and practice than during the regular season.  
“They don’t practice every day,” he said. “But for the most part it’s about getting out there and getting it done.”
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