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Hard luck continues for Gwinnett's Keppinger

ATLANTA — It looked like Jeff Keppinger’s baseball luck had finally changed when he was traded from the Astros, the worst team in the National League, to the defending World Series champion Giants in July.

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Gwinnett baseball trio play on national stage

Brookwood's Lucas Sims and Parkview's Josh Hart are both spending the weekend in San Diego taking part in separate editions of the Perfect Game All-American Classic, while Hart's Parkview teammate Matt Olson was bound for Chicago and the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game.

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Panther juniors pick colleges

Both standouts chose SEC programs with Olson making a commitment to the Vanderbilt baseball program and Esmonde pledging to Georgia, where his older brother Steve played from 2007-2010.

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Sunbelt back at Coolray

For the second straight year, the Sunbelt Baseball League is bringing part of its championship series to Coolray Field.

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Erwin commits to Clemson baseball

Duluth's Zack Erwin chose the Tigers last month over interests from other programs, including Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Kennesaw State, Mercer and Georgia Southern, according to on-line recruiting services.

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Erwin commits to Clemson baseball

For the second time this summer, Clemson’s baseball program has gotten a verbal commitment from one of Gwinnett County’s top rising high school senior pitchers.

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Hawkins rising with Blue Jays at the plate

Chris Hawkins played shortstop in high school and started his professional career at third base before moving to the outfield. But one thing hasn't changed.

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Duluth grad Green joins 11th team

Texas is Nick Green's 11th organization. He hopes the Rangers will be his eighth major league team.

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Carter starting over in AA, again

A move to the bullpen last season with Birmingham vaulted Anthony Carter from marginal to prime prospect. Now the Parkview graduate is back in Class AA trying to regain some lost luster.

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Hawkins rising with Blue Jays at the plate

Chris Hawkins played shortstop in high school and started his professional career at third base before moving to the outfield. But one thing hasn’t changed.

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Duluth grad Green joins 11th team

Texas is Nick Green’s 11th organization. He hopes the Rangers will be his eighth major league team.

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Carter starting over in AA, again

A move to the bullpen last season with Birmingham vaulted Anthony Carter from marginal to prime prospect. Now the Parkview graduate is back in Class AA trying to regain some lost luster.

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Kennesaw loses 3 local players to pro baseball

Instead, the three longtime friends are bound for pro baseball.

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Gwinnett represented in Sunbelt League All-Star Game

Several former Gwinnett high school players now playing college baseball are among the 43 players selected for the Sunbelt Baseball League All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday at Oglethorpe University's Hermance Stadium in Atlanta.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Thunder win Smoltz/Grissom championship

The Gwinnett Thunder 8U baseball team playing out of Mountain Park in Lilburn won the Smoltz/Grissom Wood Bat regional championship.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Thunder win Smoltz/Grissom championship

The Gwinnett Thunder 8U baseball team playing out of Mountain Park in Lilburn won the Smoltz/Grissom Wood Bat regional championship.

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North's Sawyer makes Frontier League All-Star Game

Danny Sawyer, a North Gwinnett grad, has been named as a starter for the upcoming Frontier League All-Star Game, which showcases the top talent in the independent professional baseball league.

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North's Sawyer makes Frontier League All-Star Game

Danny Sawyer, a North Gwinnett grad, has been named as a starter for the upcoming Frontier League All-Star Game, which showcases the top talent in the independent professional baseball league.

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Williamson headed to Augusta St.

Recent Providence Christian graduate Glen Williamson will be taking his baseball talents to the next level after recently signing to play with Augusta State.

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Locals in running for USA Baseball squads

Three Gwinnett products are in the pool for USA Baseball National Teams, including two players competing this week in Cary, N.C., at the organization's national complex.

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Stewart, Brown honored by ABCA

Rising Providence Christian senior Christin Stewart and Parkview head coach Chan Brown have received honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association recently completed 2011 season.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Hebron wins all-star tourney

The Hebron 12U/Major Boys All Stars recently won the Hebron Baptist Church All-Star baseball tournament.

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MLB teams take nine Gwinnett products in Day 2

Tuesday’s second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was a busy one for several players with Gwinnett ties — one of the busiest for the county ever.

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MLB teams take nine Gwinnett products in Day 2

A total of nine recent graduates or former graduates of Gwinnett high schools were taken Tuesday.

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Garvin, Cone get drafted

Former Parkview standout Zach Cone and ex-Wesleyan star Grayson Garvin were taken in the first compensatory round of the MLB draft Monday.

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Tech hoping to avoid first-round collapse

Georgia Tech must avoid a collapse at home and win the Atlanta Regional.

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Georgia Dugout Club's local showcases are next week

Registration is still available for baseball players who are interested in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Georgia Underclassman Top 100 Showcase regionals at Parkview and Mill Creek.

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Heffley named a first-team All-American

Brookwood’s Ross Heffley, a junior at Western Carolina, was a first-team selection Thursday to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team.

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Hebron-Providence no strangers to each other

The No. 3 state-ranked Lions (31-3) and the eighth-ranked Stars (26-11) are quite familiar with each other with many of the players paths having crossed during summer travel ball seasons past.

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SoCon honors roll in for Heffley

Brookwood grad Ross Heffley, a junior at Western Carolina, racked up a handful of honors this week. The infielder was named to the All-Southern Conference baseball team by the coaches and the media, in addition to earning SoCon player of the week honors.

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Georgia Tech wins share of ACC title

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 8 Georgia Tech (39-17, 22-8 ACC) used a three-run fourth inning to back seven strong innings from sophomore pitcher Buck Farmer for a 5-3 win over Virginia Tech (30-25, 11-19 ACC) Saturday in the regular season finale at English Field.

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Lions' Walsh, Hawks' Stillwell lead 7-AAAAA honors

Peachtree Ridge’s Jared Walsh earned player of the year honors and Mill Creek’s Brian Stillwell was pitcher of the year on the All-Region 7-AAAAA baseball team voted on by the region’s coaches.

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Athletic equipment donations to be gathered in Dacula

Used baseball and softball equipment is being accepted Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dacula Park as part of a project headed up by Dacula teacher and coach John Williams.

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Olson, Beauchamp get top 8-AAAAA awards

Parkview and Brookwood took the top honors in voting for the All-Region 8-AAAAA baseball team.

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Broncos, Stars make return to 3rd round

With the state high school baseball playoffs having reached the quarterfinal rounds, the six remaining Gwinnett County teams find themselves in a variety of situations.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Palka's walk-off hit gives Tech win

Freshman Daniel Palka's walk-off single capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally as the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team slipped past North Carolina 9-8 on Saturday. The win evened the series with UNC at 1-1.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Palka's walk-off hit gives Tech win

ATLANTA — Freshman Daniel Palka’s walk-off single capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally as the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team slipped past North Carolina 9-8 on Saturday. The win evened the series with UNC at 1-1.

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Playoffs flush with local teams

In addition to the Parkview-North series, Mill Creek will play host to Dacula in a neighborhood battle beginning with a doubleheader at Fathers Field today at 4:30 p.m.

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Killian Hill wins 2nd straight title

It took a decisive third game, but Killian Hill Christian successfully defended its Georgia Christian Athletic Association state baseball title Saturday.

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Killian Hill splits state final doubleheader

Cougars play today at 10:30 a.m.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Adams, UGA club baseball on roll

Michael Adams and Matt Riccardi don’t play baseball in the Southeastern Conference, but they still compete for Georgia.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Buford wins Region 6-AA title

ATLANTA — Buford plated two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and come away with a 5-3 win over Blessed Trinity and bring home the Region 6-AA championship on Friday.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Parkview clinched 16th region title

Parkview clinched its 16th region baseball championship with a 19-4, Region 8-AAAAA victory over Berkmar on Wednesday night.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan's Shaheen gets 200th win

Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Shaheen picked up his 200th career win Tuesday night as the Wolves defeated Mount Pisgah 13-2 in six innings.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan's Shaheen gets 200th win

NORCROSS — Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Shaheen picked up his 200th career win Tuesday night as the Wolves defeated Mount Pisgah 13-2 in six innings.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Williamson, Stars earn shutout win

Glen Williamson struck out six and gave up just two hits to lead Providence to a 10-0 win over King's Ridge in six innings Saturday.

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Duluth-North meet in critical matchup

As crowded as the race for Region 7-AAAAA’s four state baseball playoff spots is, today’s game between Duluth and North Gwinnett is big enough.

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Killian Hill's Bailey signs with Anderson baseball

Killian Hill senior Kyle Bailey has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Anderson University (S.C.). He is the son of Jim and Linda Bailey.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Tignor's complete game leads Grayson

Grayson's Blake Tignor delivered a complete game with six strikeouts on Friday as the Rams handed Parkview's baseball team its first Region 8-AAAAA loss, 4-1.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Tignor's complete game leads Grayson

LOGANVILLE — Grayson’s Blake Tignor delivered a complete game with six strikeouts on Friday as the Rams handed Parkview’s baseball team its first Region 8-AAAAA loss, 4-1.

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Stidham's clutch hit rallies Stars past Wolves

Nick Stidham has delivered some clutch hits this season. But none bigger than the two-run double he hit Wednesday night.

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Stidham's clutch hit rallies Stars past Wolves

NORCROSS — Nick Stidham has delivered some clutch hits this season.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats hold on for road win in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Duluth starter Zach Erwin pitched five strong innings while Chris Rich recorded his first save as the Wildcats held off Trinity Christian Academy 5-4 on Tuesday night.

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Maloof gets SEC honor

Georgia junior Tyler Maloof, a Norcross grad, was named the SEC co-pitcher of the week Monday.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth rallies to beat North in 7th

David Matton smacked a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh to rally Duluth past North Gwinnett 3-2 on Monday.

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UGA knocks off No. 24 Mississippi St.

ATHENS — Junior Michael Palazzone provided 82⁄3 strong innings and the Georgia Bulldogs hit a pair of home runs to post a 4-3 win over No. 24 Mississippi State to clinch another Southeastern Conference series Saturday.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Blair's 5 RBIs lead Mountain View over North

Beau Blair of Mountain View had two hits on Tuesday, including a three-run home run, and drove five runs to lead the Bears 11-1 over North Gwinnett in Region 7-AAAAA.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Blair's 5 RBIs lead Mountain View over North

SUWANEE — Beau Blair of Mountain View had two hits on Tuesday, including a three-run home run, and drove five runs to lead the Bears 11-1 over North Gwinnett in Region 7-AAAAA.

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Thompson to sign with Gordon College

South Gwinnett senior Jamal Thompson will sign a letter of intent this week with the running program at Gordon College. The Comets will honor Thompson with a signing ceremony today at 2:30 p.m. in South’s media center.

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Comets top Rams in region opener

South Gwinnett baseball coach Steve Teschner thought about pulling his starting pitcher going into the seventh inning of Monday's game. Thomas Embry thought otherwise.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Panthers nip Dacula on Ronpirin's hit

Jeff Ronpirin hit the game-winning RBI single as Parkview edged Dacula 2-1 in their Region 8-AAAAA opener on Monday.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Panthers nip Dacula on Ronpirin's hit

DACULA — Jeff Ronpirin hit the game-winning RBI single as Parkview edged Dacula 2-1 in their Region 8-AAAAA opener on Monday.

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Blackmon enjoying hot spring with Rockies

Charlie Blackmon’s fate will probably end up just like that of Chicago White Sox prospect Anthony Carter, whose first major league spring training ended with a trip back to the minors.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Wilber, Blue Devils edge Wildcats

NORCROSS — Joseph Wilber of Norcross delivered a complete game Friday night, scattering six hits and striking out five as the Blue Devils nipped Duluth 1-0 in Region 7-AAAAA.

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