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High school rec baseball team wraps up season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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From left, Cartersville youth baseball league members Branden Howren, Corbet Archer, Hunter Wall, Justin Brumbelow and Dalton Whitten.
From left, Cartersville youth baseball league members Branden Howren, Corbet Archer, Hunter Wall, Justin Brumbelow and Dalton Whitten.
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Bartow County Parks and Recreation’s Crimson Tide and Bulldogs baseball teams squared off in a doubleheader to end the Tide’s spring season June 20.

Led by head coach William Pilling, the Crimson Tide were 6-3 prior to their last two games and debating whether to go to the state tournament in July – a decision that will be determined by their obligations to their high school sports.

The Crimson Tide is a member of the 15- to 18-year-old senior league that contains four teams this season.

It includes 16 players from all four of the Bartow public high schools.

Playing out of Hamilton Crossing Park in Cartersville, the Crimson Tide played their first game of the season May 29.

Pilling, who has been a rec coach in Cartersville for 22 years and in Bartow County for 12 years, said his team had a good season — though they all agreed it was too short and wish it could have been longer.

For Pilling, the league is about the players having fun with baseball outside of their high school programs.

“Baseball is still a game. If it wasn’t rec ball, I would probably yell at them more, but we’re just out there to have fun,” he said.

“We have a good time. If it wasn’t fun they wouldn’t do it.”

While Pilling wants the players to enjoy the game, he said there is still a competitive side to them as they have to place well in order to qualify for the state tournament or all-star teams.

This particular team has been together since last fall and will play a fall season as well from September to November.

A number of 2013 high school graduates on the team playing their last season of “youth” recreation baseball including pitcher and second baseman Corbet Archer of Adairsville.

“I’m going to miss it,” he said.
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