Eubanks, head coach of Team Georgia, said the Cass High baseball player has been an important part of his team winning two of its three games in the tournament thus far.
Ayers was 1-of-3 with an RBI in the Texas win and was 2-of-2 with a double, a single, a hit by pitch and two RBIs in Team Georgia’s domination of Colorado. He has played at shortstop and third base in the tournament thus far in going 3-of-5 with three RBIs in cumulative numbers.
Team Georgia beat Texas, 5-4, in its tournament opener, lost to Maryland, 3-0, and defeated Colorado, 17-1, in Wednesday play.
Team Georgia has put together a 2-1 tournament record and will play three more games before it completes pool play and advances to the elimination phase of the World Series play, which begins Friday.
Eubanks, the head coach of Team Georgia the past four years who also coached at Cass High, said Ayers is off to a good start at the Classic.
“Sam has played very well for us,” Eubanks said. “We have been very fortunate with the Colonels who have played for us. Some of them have made big contributions for us and if Sam keeps playing like he has been, he could be following in their footsteps.”
Ayers will have a lot of chances to do that since Team Georgia was to play Ohio on Wednesday night, and Arkansas and Oklahoma today before starting the elimination phase of the tournament.
Team Georgia presently is making its presence felt at the tournament, played in Norman, Okla.
“We’re 2-1 and among the teams tied for second place,” Eubanks said.
He said the level of play in the tournament has been high and his players are getting some good experience.
“It’s always enjoyable to compete here,” he said.
Ayers has played for Eubanks in the past. Eubanks was his coach three years when he was the head coach at Cass High.
Ayers has signed to play at Wallace State in Alabama next season.
His senior year Ayers tallied 32 hits, including 10 doubles, one home run and 21 singles. He drove in 21 RBIs and scored 26 runs while accumulating a .337 batting average for the Colonels, who made the state playoffs.
Eubanks left Cass High a year ago to assume head baseball coaching duties at Bowdon High in Carroll County. Bowdon also made the state playoffs this season. Eubanks was succeeded by Adam Williams at Cass.