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Summer baseball sets the stage for next season
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As the summer baseball season gets started the Liberty County Panthers plan to stay focused on rebuilding the team for another shot at the playoffs next season by getting their summer team together.
LCHS Panther coach Steve Cotrell said the first step comes next weekend as they set the stage for the annual Coastal Georgia Shootout. The event is at Panther field.
“This year we have six teams in the Tournament,” he said. “We call ourselves the Coastal Georgia Panthers during the summer.”
The tournament guarantees each team will play four games, May 29-31.
The Shootout is just one of several statewide baseball tournaments scheduled for the summer.
Cotrell said it’s an opportunity to keep the players on   top of their game and he plans to play roughly 30-35 games in June.
“We will probably enter the Southern Linc Wireless Wooden Bat (June 12-14), Statesboro Summer Classic (June 19-21), and the Houston County Hardball Tourney the last weekend in June.”
The Panthers hope to keep in shape with the summer league and return next season for another trip to the playoffs. The Panthers finished in second place in 3S-AAA with an overall 14-14 record and 6-4 for their region. The team’s post-season play was a first for the Panthers, a tradition they would like to continue.
The number one seed in the region is the South Effingham Mustangs who were still chasing the state title and were scheduled to play Oconee County yesterday and if necessary today in Watkinsville.
For a complete listing of summer tournaments visit
Click on the tournaments at the baseball section on the left hand side of the screen.
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