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
2001 Roster (Jersey # Order):
PLAYER SCHOOL
Tee ReddishTaylor County
Matthew GreeneSouthland Academy
Stephen GordonAmericus High
Irwin RutherfordAmericus High
Brad DriggersSouthland Academy
Jay PerdueSouthland Academy
David MixonSouthland Academy
Lijah HobgoodSouthland Academy
Brett AshleyCentral Fellowship
Chad SpannSouthland Academy
Chris HowellTiftArea Academy
Mark AmmonsSouthland Academy
Brent CarterSouthland Academy
John RedmondSouthland Academy
Seth WelchMacon County
Andrew DenhamSouthland Academy
Bob StubbsTri County High

Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2001 Coaches Roster
COACH
Director of Baseball Operations: Tim Estes
Head Coach: Billy Nicholson
Assistant Coach: Bobo Short
Assistant Coach: William Rooks
Assistant Coach: Chris Buckhalter


2001 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT # GAMES TIME LOCATION
May 20 Panama City AAU Two - Seven Innings 1:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
May 22 Travelers Junior Team One - Seven Innings 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
May 23 Eufaula Dixie Majors 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
May 29 Vienna Post 202 One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
June 1 - June 3 USSSA National Invitational Tournament Four game guarantee Perry, Georgia
June 5 Albany Post 30 Jr Team Two - Five Innings 6:30 p.m. Bell Stadium
Central Alabama (Circle City Classic Tournament) One - Seven Innings 12:00 p.m. Pittman Field - Dothan, Alabama
Tuscaloosa Alabama (Circle City Classic Tournament) One - Seven Innings 4:30 p.m. Northcutt Field - Dothan, Alabama
June 9 Decatur Dixie Majors (Circle City Classic Tournament) One - Seven Innings 11:30 a.m. Rehobeth High
June 9 Northview High School (Circle City Classic Tournament) One - Seven Innings 7:00 p.m. Rehobeth High
June 12 TEAM MACON One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
June 15 Dothan Post 12 (Travelers Round Robin Challenge) One - Seven Innings 7:45 p.m. Bell Stadium
June 16 Chattahoochee Valley (Travelers Round Robin Challenge) One - Seven Innings 10:00 a.m. Georgia Southwestern Field
June 16 Vienna Post 202 (Travelers Round Robin Challenge) One - Seven Innings 5:30 p.m. Georgia Southwestern Field
June 19 Albany Post 30 One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Albany, Georgia
June 22 - June 24 South Georgia Classic Shootout Three game guarantee South Georgia College - Douglas, Georgia
June 26 TEAM MACON One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Macon, Georgia
June 28 - July 1 USSSA (AAA) State Tournament Four game guarantee Bell Stadium and Georgia Southwestern Field
July 7 Tallahassee Post 13 Two - Seven Innings 1:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
July 10 Albany Post 30 Jr. Team Two - Five Innings 6:30 p.m. Albany, Georgia
July 14 Tallahassee Post 13 Two - Seven Innings 1:00 p.m. Tallahassee, Florida
July 17 Albany Post 30 One - Nine Innings 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
July 21 Macon Post 3 Two - Seven Innings 2:00 p.m. Bell Stadium
July 23 Macon Post 3 Two - Seven Innings 6:00 p.m. Macon, Georgia
July 29 - August 5 USSSA (AAA) World Series Five game guarantee Winter Haven, Florida

Recaps Section

May 20 - Panama City AAU

The Travelers began their 2001 season in strong style, defeating Panama City in a double header 4-1 and 7-2. Jay Perdue took the win on the mound for game #1. David Mixon and Chad Spann combined efforts in the nightcap, allowing a deuce hitter.


May 23 - Eufaula Dixie Majors

The Travelers defeated the Dixie Majors of Eufaula, Albama, 11-1 in seven innings. Brent Carter took the win on the mound, striking out 15 batters. Batting wise, the orange and navy blue pride posted deuce in the third, then put quad scores on the board in the sixth. They put three on the board in their initial at-bat inning; Brett Ashley hit, advanced to third via ground outs, then scored on a passed ball. Bob Stubbs, Jay Perdue and Irwin Rutherford all hit and contributed two more scores.

In the third, Stubbs and Perdue both walked, then advanced via a wild pitch. Rutherford's hit produced a trio of runs batted in. Other noteworthy hitters in this game: Carter with a run-batted-in single - Tee Reddish contributing a triple in the seventh - Chris Howell with a run-batted-in to help the cause.


May 29 - Vienna Post 202

The Travelers were defeated by the Vienna Post 202 team, 9-0. Americus had a total of five hits in this contest - Jay Perdue led off the orange and blue's second with a double. Chris Howell was the starting pitcher. He allowed a pair of walks, struck out eight (including the last four batters he faced), and scattered ten hits. Brett Ashley, as reliever, struck out four. Notable defensive plays were made by Irwin Rutherford and Seth Welch, who threw out a base stealing Bobcat in their initial inning.


June 1-3 - USSSA National Invitational Tournament @ Perry, Georgia

In the USSSA National Invitational Tournament in Perry, the Travelers defeated Warner Robins 10-9 in nine innings and shut out Houston County 6-0, both on Friday. On Saturday, they defeated the Macon Warriors by a score of 15-0. They lost the last game, 2-1, to host team Perry in eight innings on Sunday.


June 5 - Albany Post 30 Juniors

The Travelers defeated the Albany Post 30 Jr. Team in a doubleheader, 14-2 and 13-3. Pitching for the orange and navy crew in game #1 was Jay Perdue. Hitting: Brett Ashley led off with a dinger (he went 3-for-3). Chris Howell and Chad Spann both hit doubles, Lijah Hobgood went 3-for-3, and Bob Stubbs and Stephen Gordon each contributed a pair of hits.

In the nightcap, David Mixon led off the pitching effort, going a pair of innings. He allowed a solo run and scattered a pair. Mark Ammons came aboard in the third frame, allowing a pair of runs on a pair of hits and a solo walk. Brad Driggers pitched the final frames, allowing a solo hit and sent quad back to the dugout. The game had notable defense work from catcher Seth Welch, who put out a base-stealing runner. Perdue also contributed to a great double play for Americus. Hitting: Spann hit a run-batted-in double, Perdue contribued a run-batted-in single, Irwin Rutherford a sac fly, and Stubbs and Brent Carter also walked to put ducks on the pond. Rutherford and Welch contributed deuce-scoring doubles in the second frame.


June 8-9 - Circle City Classic Tournament @ Dothan, Alabama

The Travelers went 3-0 in the Circle City Classic Tournament in Dothan, Alabama. The final game scheduled was cancelled due to rain.

Central Alabama: The Travelers defeated Central Alabama, 7-1. Jay Perdue went the distance on the mound, scattering six hits and sending quad back to the dugout. Both Chris Howell and Brad Driggers contributed dingers and drove in a pair of runs. Brett Ashley, Chad Spann, Brent Carter, Seth Welch, Andrew Denham, and Irwin Rutherford also posted hits.

Tuscaloosa: The Travelers won this contest, 3-2. Brent Carter went the distance on the mound for the orange and navy pride, posting seven k's and allowing seven hits. Chad Spann contributed multiple hits and drove in a run. Brett Ashley, Chris Howell, Bob Stubbs, Brad Driggers, Lijah Hobgood, and Seth Welch each posted a hit. Welch did outstanding work as catcher, throwing out four of five baserunners attempting to steal.

Decatur Dixie Majors: The Travelers shut out Decatur, 7-0. Winning pitcher was David Mixon, who allowed quad hits and sent seven back to the dugout in five innings of shutout ball. Chad Spann drove in a pair of runs on a pair of hits. Chris Howell contributed a deuce scoring dinger, and Stephen Gordon also drove home a pair to home plate to help the cause.


June 15-16 - Travelers Round Robin Challenge

6/15/01 - Dothan Post 12: The Travelers defeated Dothan Post 12 by a score of 15-9. Brett Ashley and David Mixon combined efforts on the mound - Mixon won in relief, allowing a pair of hits and striking out a trio. Seth Welch once again styled and profiled from catcher's position, what with work in a 2-3-2 double play then throwing out a base stealer to end Dothan's fourth.

The Orange and Navy pride scored eight in the fifth, with 11 batters going to the plate. In their initial at-bat inning, Bob Stubbs hit a double and Lijah Hobgood singled home a pair with ducks on the pond. Seth Welch contributed a deuce scoring double in the fourth. Later, Brad Driggers had a deuce scoring single. With bases loaded with Travelers, Hobgood's hit brought home the tying score. Matthew Greene then had a deuce scoring hit. Welch's bunt brought a pair more in, then Ashley's sac fly scored another. Stubbs then had a run-batted-in hit in the sixth.

6/16/01 - Chattahoochee Valley: The Travelers were defeated by Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama, 3-0. Jay Perdue and David Mixon combined efforts on the mound in this game.

6/16/01 - Vienna Post 202: The Travelers defeated Vienna Post 202, 2-1. Brent Carter took the win on the mound - he allowed a solo walk, sent nine back to the dugout, and scattered six. Chris Howell led things off for the Travelers with a triple; he reached home plate via Chad Spann's single. In the second, with deuce outs, Matthew Greene walked. Irwin Rutherford singled and Greene scored due to an error. Seth Welch again contributed great work from catchers mound, throwing out a pair of runners attempting to steal.


June 19 - Albany Post 30

The Travelers defeated Albany Post 30 by a score of 18-6.


June 22-24 - South Georgia Classic Shootout

The Orange and Navy blue pride of Americus went 3-1 in the South Georgia Classic Shootout, held at South Georgia College in Douglas. The Travelers defeated the South Georgia Diamond Warriors, 6-5. On Saturday, they defeated Albany Post 30 by a score of 5-2, then defeated Dawsonville 4-3. On Sunday, the team lost in the championship game to Bradenton, Florida by a score of 6-0.


June 28-30 - USSSA AAA State Tournament

June 28 - South Georgia Diamond Warriors The Travelers lost to the South Georgia Diamond Warriors, 5-4. Pitcher for this game was Jay Perdue.

Hitting: Perdue led off with a hit in the fourth frame. Bob Stubbs walked. A pair of wild pitches and Lijah Hobgood's grounder run-batted-in brought the orange and blue to 3-2 at that point. In the seventh, Stubbs hit a single and Hobgood walked. Brad Driggers' bunt advanced those Travelers. Brent Carter's grounder brought one to home plate. Matthew Greene then contributed a run-batted-in hit.

June 28 - Atlanta Wildcats The Travelers defeated the Atlanta Wildcats, 11-3. Winning pitcher was David Mixon, who went the distance and had a solo "k" with each inning.

Hitting: In the third, Stephen Gordon led off with a hit, then reached third by an error. Chad Spann's run-batted-in triple tied the game at that point. In the fourth frame, Gordon contributed a deuce-out, deuce scoring triple, and Chris Howell hit a double which brought the score to 4-2. The orange and navy blue pride put a trio on the board in the fifth, what with a squeeze run-batted-in by Irwin Rutherford. Howell styled with a deuce scoring dinger in the sixth which ended the game.

June 29 - Atlanta Wildcats The Travelers defeated the Wildcats, 7-2. Winning pitcher was Brett Ashley, who allowed a pair of runs on quad hits, a trio of walks and fanned nine. Hitting: Americus finally put runs on the board in the fourth frame with hits from Stephen Gordon, Chris Howell, and Jay Perdue (who had the run-batted-in). In the fifth, Brad Driggers had a single. Irwin Rutherford reached base via a bunt. Gordon then had a second hit. In the seventh, Lijah Hobgood led off with a double. Mark Ammons contributed a hit. A pair of scores came about via errors, and Rutherford and Andrew Denham then drove in a pair.

June 29 - South Georgia Diamond Warriors The Travelers won over the Diamond Warriors, 5-4, in a tough eleven-inning matchup. Chris Howell and Chad Spann combined on the mound, Spann's innings being two scoreless as reliever. Howell styled and profiled himself with fanning seven, walking a trio, and scattering nine while allowing quad runs. Howell later styled at shortstop, contributing to a key game ending assist. Second baseman Irwin Rutherford was also noted for six assists and not one error. Spann had hits and scored both times, also scoring via a single by Jay Perdue and a sac fly by Bob Stubbs. Seth Welch's hit also brought in a run and a fourth Traveler reached home plate via an error. In the 11th frame, Stubbs led off with a double; he scored via Brett Ashley's ground out. Lijah Hobgood also had a sac bunt to force a walk during the inning.

June 30 - South Georgia Diamond Warriors The Travelers defeated the Diamond Warriors in the championship game, 14-3. Winning pitcher was Brent Carter, who struck out eight and allowed a solo hit and solo walk from the third inning to the end. Offense wise, the game was highlighted with a grand salami by Chad Spann!

Also hitting: Seth Welch singled in the second frame. Brett Ashley contributed a ground-out run-batted-in, followed by Spann's salami, hit with deuce outs already posted. Tee Reddish contributed a pair of run-batted-in doubles, one of which was hit in the fourth frame where six Travelers scored. In that frame, Bob Stubbs walked to put ducks on the pond, Brad Driggers' hit brought in a pair, and Welch one. Stubbs then had a pair of runs-batted-in, the latter in frame #5. With this win, the USSSA AAA State Champion trophy RETURNED to Bell Stadium!!


July 7 - Tallahassee Post 13

The Travelers were defeated by the Tallahassee Legion Post 13 team in a doubleheader, 5-2 and 4-1, at Bell Stadium. In the orange and navy's initial at-bat inning, Chris Howell led off with a single. Bob Stubbs' later singled to give the team a 1-0 lead. Stubbs had a second run-batted-in with the sixth with deuce outs already on the board. His hit plated Chad Spann, who contributed a solo-out double. Brent Carter was the pitcher for this game.

In the second game, Spann hit a double in the Travelers first frame. Stubbs walked, and Spann reached home via a wild pitch for Americus' only score. Jay Perdue and Brett Ashley combined efforts on the mound (Perdue retired eight in a row with assists from Howell). Irwin Rutherford also contributed key defense play. Lijah Hobgood and Brad Driggers also contributed hits in this contest.


July 14 - Tallahassee Post 13

You know what they say, folks! Revenge is sweet! The Travelers defeated Tallahassee Legion Post 13 in a doubleheader, winning 9-4 and 11-6. The games took place in Tallahassee, Florida. In the opening game, Brent Carter took the win on the mound, fanning 11 batters, scattering eight hits and allowing a trio of walks. Chris Howell, Chad Spann, and Lijah Hobgood all contributed a pair of hits; Howell drove in a trio of Travelers and Hobgood contributed a double. Irwin Rutherford also had a deuce-scoring hit.

In game #2, Howell and Brett Ashley combined on the mound. Howell pitched the initial quad, allowing a trio of earned runs and a pair of walks while sending four back to the dugout and scattering five hits. Ashley struck out a trio of batters and allowed a solo run on a quartet of hits. Hitting: Hobgood went 3-for-4. Brad Driggers went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs-batted-in. Jay Perdue went 2-for-4 with a deuce scoring dinger. Spann contributed quad - a single, double, triple, and dinger. He also drove in a pair of Travelers.


July 20 - Albany Post 30

The Travelers lost to Albany Post 30 by a score of 9-7. Pitching for Americus were Brent Carter (who scattered quad hits and fanned five in the first five frames) John Redmond, and Ben Gardner (who pitched a hitless eighth frame). Hitting: Brad Driggers doubled in Chris Howell in the initial at-bat inning, then contributed a deuce scoring double in the fourth frame to lead 3-2 at that point. Howell hit a sac fly to break the tie in the fifth; in the sixth, Lijah Hobgood posted a run-batted-in to tie the score. Bob Stubbs hit a dinger which scored two in the eighth (the hit came with deuce outs already posted).


July 21 - Macon Post 3

The Orange and Navy pride of Americus/Sumter County split a doubleheader with Macon Post 3, winning 7-3 and losing 10-1. In the first game, Brett Ashley went the distance on the mound, allowing a trio of walks and a quartet of hits while sending five back to the dugout. Hitting: Seth Welch had a hit with deuce outs already on the board in the Travelers' third. Chris Howell led off the fourth with a double and advanced to third via a deep fly-out by Brad Driggers. Howell reached home plate thanks to a ground-out by Jay Perdue. In the fifth, Irwin Rutherford walked. Matthew Greene contributed a hit, then Welch's hit brought Rutherford home. Howell, Driggers, and Perdue each had run-batted-in hits.

In the second game, Perdue and Ben Gardner combined efforts on the mound. Mark Ammons' sac fly in the fifth plated Bob Stubbs.


July 30-August 6 - USSSA World Series @ Winter Haven, Florida

July 30 - Harbor Coast Reds, Ohio:  The Travelers won this contest 2-1 in eight innings. John Redmond started on the mound, and allowed a pair of hits, a pair of walks and struck out six in six innings. David Mixon took the win in relief with a pair of hitless frames. Hitting: Brent Carter reached via an error. Bob Stubbs drew a walk, Jay Perdue contributed a hit, and Brett Ashley's sac fly scored Carter.

July 30 - Rapeeds Merchants, Louisiana:  The Travelers took a win in this game, 6-2. Pitcher Chris Howell struck out twelve batters, allowed eight hits and a solo walk. Hitting: Bob Stubbs had a pair of hits and a pair of runs-batted-in. Tee Reddish had a sac fly. Howell contributed a double and Brad Driggers had a pair of hits.

July 31/August 1 - North Oakland Stars, Michigan  The Travelers defeated the North Oakland Stars of Michigan, 2-1. The game stretched over two days due to a rain suspension. Brent Carter pitched for six innings on Tuesday; David Mixon relieved on Wednesday. The Travelers ended up 3-0 in pool play and only allowed four runs over three games and entered the tournament portion as the #2 seed.

August 4 - Cincinnati Barons, Ohio The Travelers defeated the Barons in a trio hit shutout, 4-0. John Redmond took the win on the mound, allowing no walks and striking out a pair. Jay Perdue had a run-batted-in single in this contest.

August 4 - Detroit Braves, Michigan  The Travelers lost to the Braves, 2-1. Brent Carter took the loss on the mound - he struck out nine, allowed a solo walk and scattered a quartet of hits. Chris Howell posted a double and scored via a hit by Brad Driggers.

August 5 - Kalamazoo Maroons, Michigan  The Travelers were eliminated from the World Series in this contest, losing 8-1 to the Kalamazoo Maroons. Chris Howell pitched for four and 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a pair of walks. In two and 2/3 innings, Jay Perdue allowed a pair of runs on five hits and struck out a trio. Both Howell and Tee Reddish had a hit each for Americus. The Travelers' ended up in fifth place in the nation in USSSA AAA.