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Full Swing: Alexander baseball has strong start to 2014 campaign
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
March 12, 2014 10:30 AM | 881 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Alexander senior Brandon Bone takes a practice swing during practice earlier this season. The Cougars have advanced to the state semifinals.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Alexander senior Brandon Bone takes a practice swing during practice earlier this season. The Cougars have advanced to the state semifinals.
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The Alexander baseball team has one of the strongest traditions in Douglas County, making the state playoffs the past six seasons and earning a region championship in 2012.

The Cougars won 17 games last season behind an inexperienced squad that matured over time. Alexander has started its 2014 campaign with six wins in its first seven contests, including a 14-8 victory over Villa Rica on March 3 and defeating East Paulding 9-2 on March 5.

“The foundation was set for the school to have a strong baseball program and I’m trying to continue the tradition,” third-year head coach Chris Brown said.

The Cougars have a significant advantage of experience over opponents, featuring 11 seniors on the roster. Brown said that “our upperclassmen set the tone by putting in hard work in the offseason which began last August.”

Two seniors, first baseman Matt Washington and shortstop/catcher Brian Dansereau have become vital parts of Alexander’s offense.

“Matt has been incredible offensively for us and Brian has done a phenomenal job as our leadoff hitter,” Brown said.

Senior Mitch Burger has been a steady presence in the outfield, he said.

The Cougars’ are allowing opponents to score only two runs per contest, the lowest amount in Region 5-AAAA. The pitching staff of seniors Nick Wise, Cody Worthy and junior Morgan Foulks has led the charge.

“All three guys were in our rotation last year and we know that they can give us five or six quality innings each game,” said Brown.

Washington said the team has worked on making routine plays and execution during the first part of this season while Wise sees the program heading in a positive direction.

Alexander has made adjustments throughout its first month of competition this season that saw snow storms in February hinder preparations. However, the Cougars still have tangible goals as they head towards region play, Brown said.

“We’re trying to make sure the pitchers condition themselves for the long haul of the season,” Brown said. “Our hitters need to see more live pitching but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with our offense.”

Alexander returns to action on Thursday against Douglas County.

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