The Warriors become the Knights this season and it is fitting considering
the noble tradition of Middle Georgia Baseball. Over the last 30 years
the Warriors have won 4 NJCAA National Championships, 3 National Runner-
ups, 2 Third place finishes, 1 fourth, 3 sixth and a seventh place
national finish. The Warriors have also won 17 GJCAA titles and 23 Region
XVII Championships. They hope to add another as the Knights.
The Warriors fell 1 game short of another trip to Grand Junction in 2012,
but have worked hard this off season to put them in a position for a
return trip. If the Middle Georgia State College Knights are to make
their 1st trip to the Alpine World Series it will take the efforts of 18
new faces. The Knights only return four regulars from the 2012 squad.
That being said, this is nothing new for the Middle Georgia squad, who
commonly reloads each year for a run at a National Championship.
Pitching: Pitching will be the stronghold for the Warriors with the
return of 3 quality arms from last year’s team. Joseph Boatright (8-1;
2.20 ERA) and Alex Roberts (8-2 ; 3.13 ERA) return in the rotation and
Eric Alonzo (3-0; 4.45 ERA) will be a go to guy as the season gets under
way. Looking to round out the rotation are Javier Reynoso (transfer
Coastal Carolina) and Freshmen Ryan Lawlor (Calvary Day H.S.). Tyler
Graham (Hill Grove H.S.) had a great fall and will see plenty of action as
a starter as will Conner Alford (Tattnall H.S.). Caleb Weaver (Westfield
H.S.) will see action out of the pen and as a left handed specialist if
the situations call for him. Justin Flores ( Union Grove H.S.) will be
called upon to serve several roles as a set up man, long relief and
closing from time to time. Late innings should be in very capable hands
as Blake Shouse and Coastal Carolina transfer Adam Eggnatz will get a
bulk of the save opportunities.
Catching: The catching duties should be in solid hands as three freshmen
will see duty at any given time. Valdosta State transfer Drew Kelley
(Bainbridge H.S.) will get a majority of the starts and should hit in the
middle of the Warriors line-up. Kelley will also see some time at first
base when not catching in order to keep his bat in the game. Cole
Thompson (Jones County H.S.) and Tyler Bowers (Northgate H.S.) both
possess two of the strongest arms on the team and should be able to
shutdown the running game.
Outfield: Leading a talented group of outfielders will be Coastal
Carolina transfer Adam Eggnatz in centerfield. Adam possesses a strong
arm with great outfield skills and could bat in the leadoff or back side
of the batting order. Eggnatz has great speed and should be a treat on
the bases to steal at any time. Jake Wright (Eastside H.S.) should anchor
right field and will hit in the middle of the lineup. He is another
outfielder with a strong arm and very good speed. Left field could be
Cody Lanford (Jones County H.S.) or Drew Taylor. Dusty Jones (Bleckley
County H.S.) can play all the outfield positions and will be used on the
base paths and defensively at times.
Infield: The Knights have a luxury in the infield because any number of
infielders can play all the infield positions. 2012 All Conference
shortstop Blake Shouse (.349 BA; 35 RBI’s) could see action at third base
and short this season. Shouse will more than likely hit out of the second
hole as he did for most of the 2012 season. The Knights are also counting
on him to make an impact on the mound. Auburn University transfer Kent
Rollins will see action at short or second. Rollins possesses sure hands
and a great arm. Rollins will hit somewhere in the bottom of the order.
Cody Lanford could see action at second base or any outfield spot.
Lanford projects to be the Knights lead-off batter and will play Center
field when Eggnatz is on the mound. Red shirt Freshman Will Jones (Crisp
County H.S.) will prove a valuable asset for the Knights as he can play
any of the infield positions and will depending on when Shouse and Eggnatz
Summary: Pitching should anchor the Knights early in the season until the
offense finds their identity . The Knights are capable of putting up some
great numbers this spring if all goes well. They will need to find
themselves early with the likes of Chipola, Walters State, and Western
Nevada on the schedule. The Knights have a fan friendly home schedule
with 17 home dates at Stuckey Field. The conference may be the most
balanced it has been in quite some time. Conference foes Georgia
Perimeter, Gordon, and Darton all posted excellent records in 2012 and
ABAC, Andrew, and West Georgia have improved over the off season. South
Georgia and East Georgia are always strong and this season should provide
some great baseball.
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The Knights will travel to Albany for the GJCAA Conference Tournament. MGSC will play the winner of the Darton/South Georgia Game. Game time is @ 3:30.