HIGH SCHOOL HARDBALL: Milestone wins for Hawks' Jones, Panthers' Brown

I had a few possible topics in mind for today's edition of High School Hardball, but the events earlier this afternoon in Boston, all of them pretty much have gotten tossed out the window and scattered to the wind.

Therefore, aside from joining all of our readers and staff here at the Gwinnett Daily Post in sending along my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by today's tragedy, please indulge me as my mind wanders with a few random thoughts surrounding the high school baseball scene here in Gwinnett County (as petty as it may seem on days like this).

First, if my arithmetic is correct, a pair of county coaches — Mill Creek's Doug Jones and Parkview's Chan Brown — reached impressive milestones over the past week that kind of flew under the radar (perhaps because they occurred during spring break).

Once again, with the disclaimer that we'll have to double check the arithmetic, but it appears Jones collected the 250th win of his career, which spans a combined 13 seasons at Mill Creek and Brookwood, with the Hawks' 7-5 win at Collins Hill last Wednesday.

In addition, Parkview's 16-0 win at Berkmar last Thursday appears to be the 200th win at Parkview for Brown, who has guided the Panthers to five region championships, plus back-to-back Class AAAAA state titles the last two years, in the nine seasons since he took over for GACA Hall of Famer Hugh Buchanan.

Congratulations go out to both coaches.

Second, a mea culpa on an inadvertent error that occurred during my game story on Grayson's 10-4 win over South Gwinnett over the weekend.

I inadvertently reported the record of Grayson's winning pitcher Korey Anderson to be 4-2, when it is, in fact, 6-0. It was an inadvertent error caused by simply reading the wrong scoresheet, and I do apologize for the error.

I'll talk more about Anderson, and a few other players and coaches around the county, when I start taking a preliminary look at possible postseason candidates when the regular season heads into the home stretch next week.

Finally, here's another tidbit to those who have already, or about to, go to theaters to see the recently-released "42," a film based on the life of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

Some of you may have read the story we ran in Sunday's paper about Duluth baseball trainer Jasha Balcom, who served a stunt double for the film's star, Chadwick Boseman.

If you look closely, however, you may notice another Gwinnett County resident in the film.

North Gwinnett assistant coach Danny Sawyer portrayed Bruce Edwards, who was the starting catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers when Robinson broke the color barrier by joining the team in 1947.

Sawyer, who joined the staff of Bulldogs coach Frank Vashaw this season after playing and coaching for the independent River City Rascals last season, also had some scenes as a stunt double portraying Bobby Bragen, Brooklyn's other catcher that season.

Well, that's it until next week. Take care of yourselves, everyone. And don't forget to hug your loved ones.


gcsportsfan69 2 years, 1 month ago

I wouldn't post anything about any records for Coach Jones since he never posts any stats for any of his players. It seems obvious that he doesn't care about posting stats.


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