State Championships: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006
Top 5 National Rankings: 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014 - National Champions: 2007


Americus Travelers Baseball Club
1996 Roster (in alphabetical order):
TEAM ROSTER
Jay Anderson
Jonathan Bagley
Will Bishop
Travis Brown
Hamp Butler
Jonathan Crumbliss
Greg Dominy
Mark Hall
Kent Kobs
Joe Lamb
Ricky Ross
Edgar Smith
Ted Turner
Glen Usry
Nick Williams


Americus Travelers Baseball Club
1996 Coaches
COACHES ROSTER
Head Coach: Billy Nicholson
Assistant Coach: Dane Shepard
Assistant Coach: Chris Castleberry
Manager: Chip Reese
Manager: Chad Standridge
Director of Baseball Operations: Tim Estes

Recaps Section


Peach County

The Travelers defeated Peach County in a twin bill, 6-2 and 10-7. In the first inning, Jonathan Bagley singled in Travis Brown. The lead grew in inning #2 as Greg Dominy doubled in both Jay Anderson and Mark Hall. Anderson then doubled in two runs in inning #4 and with one more run, the Orange and Navy squad took a 6-0 lead. Glen Usry struck out nine and gave up only one hit, but then gave up two runs on a pair of walks in the sixth and a single. Bagley struck out the last batter to shut down the Black Cats plan of attack.

Peach managed to start off scoring four in inning #1 of the nightcap, but Americus posted one run in the bottom. The Travelers took advantage of pitcher-catcher miscommunications to score four more in the second. In inning #5, Ted Turner singled, then scored on an error. Edgar Smith then bunted in Hamp Butler. Three more Americus runs resulted in the 10-7 win. Brown was the winning pitcher. (Editors Note: At this point, the Travelers were 4-0 before this double header took place. Details of the first four games are unavailable.)


Peach County

The Travelers defeated the Trojans in a double header, 19-3 and 7-3. Nick Williams was the winning pitcher in game #1 and Greg Dominy took the win from the mound in game #2. Altogether, the Travelers posted 25 hits on the night.


Cochran

The Travelers defeated Cochran 1-0 in the first game of a double header, but wound up losing 4-3 in the second game. In game #1, Glen Usry took the win from pitchers' mound with the no-hitter, striking out six and allowing two walks out of 24 at bat. Greg Dominy singled in Mark Hall for the only run of the game. Both of these players went 2-for-3 at bat for the first game.

In the nightcap, Travis Brown allowed six hits, three earned runs. Nick Williams allowed no runs or hits and struck out five. The Orange and Navy crew stranded runners in innings #5 and 6. With deuce outs in the 7th, Jonathan Bagley singled home Jonathan Crumbliss.


South Macon #1

The Travelers defeated South Macon #1 10-8 in the first game of a double header, then lost 9-5 in the second. In game #1, South Macon led 1-0, then Americus posted four runs. In inning #4, Ted Turner singled in Greg Dominy, which began a six run inning giving the team an eight run lead. Glen Usry was the winning pitcher in game #1. Jonathan Bagley scored three runs in the first game.


Albany

The Travelers were defeated by Albany, 5-4. Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Ted Turner doubled in Travis Brown; Turner, in turn, scored on a sacrifice fly by Hamp Butler. In pitching, Greg Dominy allowed four hits, one earned run, and struck out one. Nick Williams allowed three runs, three hits, one walk, two strike outs. Glen Usry allowed only one hit, walked two, gave up one unearned run, and struck out three.


Albany

The Travelers defeated Albany in a twin bill, 6-5 and 8-5. In game #1, Travis Brown struck out five and allowed only two earned runs. Ricky Ross then struck out three. In the bottom of the fourth, the Travelers trailed 4-0. Glen Usry singled in Jonathan Bagley. Three runs were scored in the sixth thanks to a triple by Jonathan Crumbliss to tie the game. By the bottom of the 8th, Americus was trailing 5-4. With one out, Joe Lamb on first, Crumbliss blasted the ball to center field, allowing both to score and cinch the win.

In the nightcap, Usry struck out 12 of the first 16 Albany batters, but gave up four in the inning. The Orange and Navy crew had eight runs in innings 1-3, with Albany gaining only one more score. Edgar Smith and Greg Dominy each posted three hits in game #2; Kent Kobs posted a triple.


GRPA District 3 Tournament @ Tifton

The Travelers defeated Tift County All Stars in the best two-of-three series to clinch the GRPA District Championship in a double header, 12-5 and 12-1. In game #1, the Travelers had 12 runs, 10 hits. Jonathan Bagley started things off in the first inning with an RBI triple. Glen Usry was the winning pitcher, striking out nine and allowing only four runs. Travis Brown scored four runs and hit two doubles, while Bagley, Jonathan Crumbliss, Greg Dominy, and Usry each crossed home plate three times. Dominy also posted two doubles.

In the nightcap, Mark Hall stepped up in the 4th with bases loaded and the Orange and Navy leading 9-1. His double scored Crumbliss and Ricky Ross for the 10-run advantage. Usry then scored on a wild pitch and the Travelers won 12-1 under the 10-run rule. Brown was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and allowing a single unearned run. Hall had three hits, five RBI. He and Crumbliss posted triples.

NOTE: Bobby Ryals, former center fielder for the Travelers in 1995, was injured in an automobile accident in December of 1995. It was only fitting that he be chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


July 24-27 - GRPA State Tournament @ Statesboro

Baldwin

The Travelers defeated Baldwin County 2-0 in the opening round of the state tournament in Statesboro. Travis Brown was the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking a single batter. In the first inning, Jonathan Bagley doubled in Greg Dominy, who singled then moved to second on fielders choice. In inning #6, Ted Turner singled in Edgar Smith.

Ware County

The Travelers defeated the Ware County Gators 10-9. Ware took a 1-0 lead to start inning #1, but Americus scored three with four walks, a sacrifice fly by Ricky Ross and an Edgar Smith single. The Orange and Navy added two more in inning #3 as Jonathan Crumbliss singled in Ross, then Jay Anderson's sacrifice fly brought in Smith. Ware scored two in the fifth, then the Travelers put snap, crackle and pop on the bats to score five more. Hamp Butler was hit by the ball and advanced to first with bases loaded, scoring Ross, then Greg Dominy doubled to scored Smith, Anderson, and Butler. With a 10-3 score, Ware scored six runs, then relief pitcher Dominy came to pitchers mound and struck out three of seven batters to record the save.

Swainsboro

The Travelers defeated Swainsboro 7-3 in the semi-finals. Swainsboro led 1-0 going into the bottom of the first. Greg Dominy, Travis Brown, and Jonathan Bagley scored for the two run lead. In inning #2, Joe Lamb walked, stole second, and eventually scored the first of three more runs. In inning #5, Lamb singled in Ted Turner. Winning pitcher Dominy struck out two, walked two, and allowed three runs.

Dublin

The Travelers brought home the first ever 18 and under state championship on Saturday, July 27, after defeating Dublin 2-1. Dublin struck out 14 of the first 15 Americus batters, then Jonathan Crumbliss started the win with a single in inning #5. In inning #6, with a 1-0 score in Dublin's favor, Joe Lamb singled, Travis Brown singled, then Jonathan Bagley singled to bring in two runs. Brown allowed four hits and struck out two in the first three innings, then struck out a Dublin hitter with a runner on third to end inning #1. Glen Usry allowed three hits and struck out three batters over the last four innings. He struck out the last two batters in inning #6, including the last batter with a runner on second. With this win, the Travelers won the tournament. WORTH NOTING: The Travelers posted only one error throughout the entire tournament.