Athens Christian heads to Savannah today to play in its first-ever GHSA state baseball semifinal.
But the Eagles aren’t feeling a lot of pressure, coach Allen Osborne said.
“It’s something they’ve never accomplished before,” Osborne said. “It’s kind of uncharted waters and I think they’re excited about it. To be honest with you, I don’t know how concerned about much they are. They just like to go play and have fun and they love one another and they’re looking forward to it.”
Athens Christian (25-6) routed visiting Mount Paran Christian 12-2 in the Class A Private state quarterfinals to earn the trip to Savannah.
“We weren’t expecting to go to three, but we kind of fell apart in Game 2,” top hitter Terrell Mattox said. “Winning Game 3 on our home field was really exciting and we didn’t really expect to make it there. Everything we’re doing now is the first in ACS history, so it’s pretty exciting.”
The Eagles will play Savannah Christian (29-3) in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. today.
A third game will be played at 4 p.m Thursday if needed.
A win seals a spot in the state championship series in Rome or Savannah on May 24 or 25 against Tattnall Square or Holy Innocents.
An additional game will be played May 27 if needed.
Mattox has been a key contributor with a team-high 38 runs and 44 hits. Archie Killian leads the squad in home runs (four) and RBIs (38), and is tied with Mattox for hits.
Athens Christian’s roster features six seniors. It’s the fourth season for Osborne. The postseason run has been a reward for hard work, Osborne said.
“We feel like if you put in the time and the work and energy you’ll be rewarded one way or another, whether they’re rewarded 10 years from now or two games from now,” Osborne said. “We feel like we’re going to be rewarded for our efforts and they have already have. This is kind of a bonus for us. We won a region championship and this postseason play is a bonus.”