VALDOSTA -- South Georgia College coach Scott Sims wanted to see Lowndes' Ryan Carpenter. Instead, he got an eyeful of Brandon Waller.

The 2005 home opener against Shiloh was a big game for both seniors. Waller pitched three scoreless innings after allowing two runs in the first to grab Sims' attention. Carpenter added a three-run double to cement his offer from the junior college in Douglas.

"Actually, I was here to see Ryan, and I didn't even know about Brandon," Sims said. "Ryan had been up to work out, and we were in need of a shortstop/middle infielder. And he played hard, but Brandon ... I wasn't paying much attention, but he was throwing pretty good. So, I took out the (radar) gun and looked at it. He threw a pretty good breaking ball, so we decided to offer him as well."

The Vikings teammates will remain teammates, as well as becoming roommates, after signing scholarships with the Tigers on Tuesday.

Carpenter had Sims' attention by the Shiloh game, but he wasn't always a lock to become a Tiger.

"I saw him in a showcase, and I wasn't real sure," Sims said. "Then when he came up and worked out for us and practiced with us, we liked him, so decided to pursue him."

The Vikings leadoff batter, who batted .318 during the regular season with 17 RBI and 19 runs scored, impressed the SGC staff with his determined work ethic in that workout prior to the start of the 2005 season.

"When you have coaches watching you, you think about it -- you know you're going to think about it -- you have to go out there, play your game, not worry about it and have fun," Carpenter said.

The right-hander also closed for the Vikings, posting two saves and a 1.21 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, and may see some time on the mound for the Tigers, who went 26-29 during the season, but made the finals of the state junior college tournament.

Waller received a bigger offer from Gordon College in Barnesville, but like Carpenter, he relished the opportunity to be closer to home. An inflammation in his pitching elbow limited the right-hander to 26 innings during the regular season. However, he still recorded a 3-0 record with a 2.69 ERA and 37 strikeouts. His .400 average during the season is second on the team.

"I wanted to make sure I was happy," Waller said. "I have a good feeling."

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