Welcome to the postseason Thomasville High.
Awaiting the Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs are the Appling County Pirates. Appling is 25-1, 16-0 in Region 2 and feature one of the top prospects in the country in Byron Buxton.
“They’re a very good baseball team,” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. “If you even look at who these guys have played, these guys have beaten little, beaten big, they’ve beaten in between. They deserve it. They’re a well-coached team.
“Jeremy (Smith) over there, he’s a friend of mine. We like to chit chat and hang out up at the clinic. He’s a good dude. I know that he does a good job. He’s surrounded by some really good athletes.”
The best of the athletes is Buxton, a senior who could be the No. 1 pick in next June’s draft. The Pirates’ ace pitcher has been clocked as fast as 99 mph on the gun this season. According to McDougald, Buxton’s one of many talented players the Pirates have at their disposal.
“They’re just a good blend of everything,” McDougald said. “Defensively, from what I understand, their middle infield guys are the leaders of the field and kind of the field generals out there. They’ve got a signal-caller that does a good job. They’re led by, what could potentially be the No. 1 draft pick in the land. They’ve got some really good players.
“But at the same time they’re high school kids, too. You just never know what you’re going to get with a high school kid.”
For full details, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.