“We may take a lot [of players], or we may not take none at all,” said first-year coach Mike Marra, while potential hopefuls made throws from the outfield to third base. “We are out here today to find that student-athlete who wants to play collegiate baseball at Georgia Highlands.”
Along with observing outfielders making throws to third base and home plate, Marra took special interest in baseball drills that included fielding ground balls at third, second and first base, and pitching prospects trying to strike out all four batters they faced.
Whatever decisions are made following Saturday’s tryouts, Marra cannot officially start signing players until mid-January 2013. Baseball at Georgia Highlands formally begins in spring 2014.
Two players who have already verbally committed to playing for the Chargers are Woodland Wildcats’ John Hood and Luke Patterson. The two starting pitchers had waited patiently in the dugout before taking the mound.
“We both wanted to play collegiate baseball close to home,” Hood said.
“That’s why we both chose Georgia Highlands,” Patterson added.
Hood had originally committed to play baseball at Southern Polytechnic and Patterson at Georgia College before the opportunity to play for coach Marra at Georgia Highlands arose.
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