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Columbia baseball pushes for home playoff series
by Maurice Dixon
April 16, 2014 01:26 PM | 1865 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Columbia junior Ronald McGhee has been key offensively this season.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Columbia junior Ronald McGhee has been key offensively this season.
If the outcome of one Region 6-AAAA contest Wednesday doesn’t go as expected and the Columbia Eagles leave the field victorious the same day, Steve Dennis will be one happy coach.

“If we don’t take care of Grady, then we will end up as a No. 4 seed and most likely have to travel to Lanier or Stephens County and I would rather be playing at home,” Dennis said.

However, the Eagles also need Redan to fall to South Atlanta, which hasn’t had much success this season, since they lost to the Raiders 9-8 on March 26. Then, defeating Grady won’t be the easy task since the Grey Knights only have one region loss and are winners of six straight.

“We just have to take care of each game one day at a time,” Dennis said. “Take care of our own business and don’t rely on anybody else.”

As far as the Eagles, they have a talented collection of juniors — Jalen Atterbury, Trent Nash, Justin Washington, Keeshaun Clark, Jamal Devine, Patrick White and Ronald McGhee — who are leading the way.

“When most of them came and started playing for me as eighth-graders, I said this is a unique team,” Dennis said. “If they stay together, they are going to be a very exciting group to watch and they have developed into that. It’s an exciting group to coach and watch as they go about this season.”

William Belcher and Ryan Knox are the only two seniors but have made big contributions as well.

“They also enjoy playing together which makes a big difference and with the seniors they are all one big family,” Dennis said.

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