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May 7, 2014

Valdosta baseball opens second round against McEachern

VALDOSTA — McEachern makes the long drive down I-75 South today to take on Valdosta for a three-game series in Round 2 of the 1-AAAAAA playoffs.

The Indians will bring their 17-11-1 record and talent-laden roster to face off against the big bats of a young Wildcat squad.

"The biggest thing is they've got two really good pitchers with good velocity, they've got really good hitters, they're going to be well-coached," said Valdosta baseball coach Bart Shuman. "They've got a lot of talent in the lineup, it's going to be a challenge for us."

McEachern dropped the first game of the playoffs 7-6 against first round opponent Newton before taking the next two by a combined 22-4 to move on to the next round.

According to Shuman, Valdosta's major advantage against McEachern will be their routine and their momentum.

"The biggest thing for us is the opportunity to play at home. We don't have to travel like they're going to have to. They've got a long trip, have to sleep in a hotel and we're going to have out fans behind us," said Shuman. "We've been playing well the last month of the season. If we can just continue our momentum we'll see what happens."

As young teams are known to do, Valdosta has played well at home all season, especially in big games. Including closing out Newnan, it seems like the Wildcats have played their best collective games in front of a big home crowd.

"We're pretty high energy. We've got a lot of young kids who are excited to be out here everyday. When they have big crowds it amps them up a little bit and elevates their games."

The three-game series begins today with a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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