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Tigers seek strong finish to baseball season
by E. Marcel Pourtout
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County senior Chaz Wagner (3) warms up before a game against East Coweta last Thursday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County senior Chaz Wagner (3) warms up before a game against East Coweta last Thursday.
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This season, the Douglas County baseball team has won only six games but has optimism, with improved play, possibly to finish this campaign with a winning record.

“We’re continuing to get all three facets of the game — hitting, pitching and fielding — together to help us bounce back because there’s a lot of season left,” said head coach Alex Duhaime.

The Tigers have been led on the mound by junior pitcher Tyler Gaines, who has gone into the sixth inning of every start this season except one.

“Tyler has been great for us all year with quality starts and can swing the bat well,” Duhaime added.

Senior centerfielder and Andrews College-commit Logan Tillem has been a strong hitter for Douglas County, posting a batting average of .325, while freshman left fielder Mike Wright’s production from multiple parts of the batting order has been noted by Duhaime.

“We want to play fundamentally sound baseball, make the routine plays and give ourselves a chance to win,” Duhaime said.

The Tigers have also honored their past great players this season, including the jersey number retirement of alumnus Brett Campbell, who graduated from the class of 2000 and played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals. He is the head coach at Georgia Perimeter College and was honored by the school before the contest against East Coweta on April 3.

“Brett deserved the honor because he’s done a lot for our program and forever remembered here,” Duhaime said. “The retirement event brought the community together, got our alumni involved and showed the current players that it takes hard work to accomplish goals.”

Douglas County returns to action on Thursday in a home contest against Hughes.

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