Outgoing coaches, top seniors highlight All-Star baseball doubleheader

The high school baseball season officially came to an end over the Memorial Day weekend with the completion of the state championship series.

However, some of the best players from Gwinnett County will get one last chance to don their high school uniforms and represent their respective schools with the county’s senior All-Star doubleheader this afternoon at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Such standouts as Parkview pitcher Mac Marshall, Buford shortstop Austin Upshaw, Wesleyan catcher Grant Colton, Dacula catcher Austin Collins, Lanier catcher T.J. Richardson, Mountain View pitcher A.J. Moore, North Gwinnett pitcher Tucker Baca and Greater Atlanta Christian pitcher Justin Lewis will be among those scheduled to participate.

Today’s doubleheader will also mark the final appearances of a pair of outgoing coaches, with GAC’s Cliff Shelton coaching one team and Dacula’s John Poitivent coaching the other.

“It is kind of cool to share that (moment) with John, who’s actually been coaching longer than I have,” said Shelton, who will part ways with the GAC program after 32 years at the helm. “I haven’t always been able to get to (the Gwinnett All-Star games) because something’s always come up. … But I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with my colleagues in the county. It’s not only the players that I’m going to miss, but also the coaches who I’ve known and grown really close to.”

Likewise, Poitevint — who is retiring after 38 years of coaching both baseball and football, including the last 10 at Dacula — is eagerly looking forward to coaching some of the best players the county has to offer, including several he’s coached against the past few years.

“Obviously, it’ll be fun getting to know some of the kids I’ve coached against and appreciate their abilities,” Poitevint said. “And I’m thrilled to be participating with (Shelton). I was really pulling hard for Cliff (in GAC’s Class AA championship series against Benedictine).”

And both coaches are looking forward to an atmosphere that figures to as much emphasis on fun as on competition.

“All the kids are going to play,” Poitevint said. “We’re not going to be putting too much strategy into it. This will give the kids a chance to showcase their talents in front of family and friends one last time.”

What: Gwinnett Co. All-Star Baseball Doubleheader

When: Today, 4 p.m. (second game to follow 20 minutes after the completion of the first)

Where: Georgia Gwinnett College Baseball Complex

Tickets: $5