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May 3, 2013

Local area teams head into state baseball playoffs

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VALDOSTA — Treulten (15-7, 6-4 in Region 3) at Clinch County (16-4, 11-3 in Region 2)

When: Today; Doubleheader begins 3 p.m.; “If” game Saturday

Where: Clinch County High, Homerville

Outlook: Clinch County enters the first round with the seventh seed, out of 16, in the Class A Public bracket of the GHSA state playoffs. Treulten enters as the 8th-ranked team. Clinch County is 16-4 this season, with losses coming to Trion, Charlton County (twice) and Lanier County.

Local player to watch: Bill Hendricks, pitcher/batter. Clinch County’s Bill Hendricks is the ace of the Clinch County staff, recording more than 10 strikeouts in five games this season. Hendricks, who at one point this season led the nation in strikeouts, recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Trion earlier this season, but has also recorded 15 strikeouts in a win over Lanier County. Trevor Ellis has also been a solid pitching option for the Panthers, serving as the No. 2 in the rotation.

Coach Cecil Barber’s thoughts: “It has to quit raining in Homerville (for us to play). we have had about 2 1/2 inches all day (Thursday). If it hasn’t quite, the game will probably be rained out.”

On his team’s impressive 16-4 record this season: “They really worked hard over the summer and the fall. When we started coming together in January, we got looking together and started saying, ‘We might have something here.’ We’ve had great defense...They’re great group of guys to be around. They practice hard and they work hard.”

**All games rained out Friday will be made up Saturday, with the “If” games being held Monday.

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