State Championships: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006
Top 5 National Rankings: 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014 - National Champions: 2007, 2020, 2021

Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2002 Roster (Alphabetical Order):
Brett AshleyCentral Fellowship
Jay BryantAmericus High
Dustin ChildresAmericus High
Eddie ColleyTaylor County
Andrew DenhamSouthland Academy
Kyle DixonSouthland Academy
Stephen GordonAmericus High
Matthew GreeneSouthland Academy
Franklin HarrisSouthland Academy
Justin HildrethSouthland Academy
Lijah HobgoodSouthland Academy
Gray JonesLee County
David MixonSouthland Academy
Jay PerdueSouthland Academy
Shawn PritchardAmericus High
Nathan TamargoGeorgia Southwestern State University

Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2002 Coaches Roster
Head Coach: Danny Slaughter
Assistant Coach: BoBo Short
Assistant Coach: Seth Welch
Assistant Coach: Tee Reddish
Director of Baseball Operations: Tim Estes

2002 Schedule
May 24 - May 26 Albany Memorial Day Tournament
May 24: Beauregard, Alabama
May 25: Albany American Legion Post 30-B
May 25: Tallahassee Florida AAU Club
May 26: Panama City Baseball Club
Three Game Guarantee Albany, Georgia
May 28 Albany Post 30 Junior Team One - Seven Innings 5:00 p.m. Albany, Georgia
May 28 Albany Post 30 Senior Team One - Seven Innings 7:00 p.m. Albany, Georgia
May 31 Washington County High School One - Seven Innings 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
June 1 Washington County High School Two - Seven Innings 12:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
June 4 Chattahoochee Valley One - Seven Innings 4:00 p.m. Valley, Alabama
June 4 Opelika One - Seven Innings 6:30 p.m. Valley, Alabama
June 6 - June 9 Richard Calhoun/Post 512 Invitational Tournament
June 7 - 9:30 a.m. - Lithonia
June 7 - 12:00 p.m. - Albany Post 30 B
June 8 - 12:00 p.m. - Macon Post 3
June 8 - 7:00 p.m. - Leesburg Post 182
Three Game Guarantee Albany, Georgia
June 11 Eufaula Dixie Majors One - Nine Innings 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
June 14 - June 16 USSSA (Class AAA) State Tournament Four Game Guarantee Milledgeville, Georgia
June 18 Vienna Post 202 One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Vienna, Georgia
June 21 - June 23 Auburn University Showcase Tournament
Chattahoochee Valley
Middle Georgia Seminoles
Carolina Clippers
Three Game Guarantee Auburn, Alabama
July 2 Macon Post 3 One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
July 6 Dothan Post 12 Two - Seven Innings 11:00 a.m. Dothan, Alabama
July 8 Ellaville Hornets One - Nine Innings 6:30 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
July 9 Vienna Post 202 One - Nine Innings 6:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
July 13 Georgia Storm Two - Seven Innings 1:00 p.m. Georgia Southwestern
July 15 Albany Post 30 Senior Team One - Nine Innings 7:00 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
July 18 Albany Post 30 Junior Team One - Seven Innings 6:30 p.m. Bell Stadium/Americus
July 20 - July 28 USSSA (Class AAA) World Series Four Game Guarantee Jupiter, Florida

Recaps Section

May 24 - Beauregard Hornets

The orange and navy pride of Americus and Sumter County opened their 2002 campaign in strong order with a come from behind 11-7 victory over Beauregard, Alabama. Winning pitcher was Nathan Tamargo, who struck out seven and allowed a pair of free passes as he went the distance on the mound. Brett Ashley had four hits and four runs-batted-in. Americus plated five in their initial at-bat inning. Justin Hildreth drove in a pair. Jay Perdue and Ashley each had a run-batted-in. Later in frame #4, Ashley contributed a deuces-out run-batted-in hit. In the Americus sixth, the star shined again even with deuces out. Perdue got things going with a double. Ashley plated him, then Eddie Colley styled with a deuce-scoring double. The seventh frame proved to be the State Farm insurance inning - Jay Bryant's double brought Hildreth to home, Stephen Gordon had a sac fly, Shawn Pritchard's hit brought home another Traveler. Hildreth was also noted for some great defense play at third base.

May 25 - Albany Post 30 Junior Varsity

The Travelers defeated Albany's Post 30 Junior Varsity team, 16-1, in five innings. Eddie Colley was the winning pitcher - he allowed only two hits and two walks and sent five high stepping back to sit down. In the Travelers initial at-bat frame, Colley's hit brought in a run. Shawn Pritchard and Stephen Gordon also drove in runs in the second. In the third, Justin Hildreth styled and profiled with a deuces-out, deuces-scoring dinger. Pritchard and Brett Ashley would later contribute deuce scoring hits, Gordon would have another single to bring another to home plate, then Lijah Hobgood, Dustin Childres, and Nathan Tamargo each had hits that brought in a run.

May 25 - Tallahassee Baseball Club

The Travelers shutout the Tallahassee Baseball Club, 15-0. Pitcher Brett Ashley allowed no hits in three innings; he fanned three and allowed three free passes. Americus would score nine in their third. Stephen Gordon, Jay Bryant, and Jay Perdue all had a pair of hits - Perdue drove in quad on a double and a triple, Gordon drove in three and scored three times, Bryant doubled. Lijah Hobgood also contributed an RBI triple and himself reached home plate three times.

May 26 - Panama City

In the pool finals of the Independence Day Classic in Albany, Americus lost to Panama City, 3-1. David Mixon took the loss on the mound for Americus. He allowed a pair of free passes and five hits and fanned seven. The Travelers would post only five hits. The lone Americus run came courtesy of hits by Andrew Denham and Brett Ashley.

May 28 - Albany Post 30 Juniors

The Americus Travelers defeated the Post 30 Jr. Team by a score of 13-8.

May 28 - Albany Post 30 Seniors

The Travelers lost to the Post 30 Sr. Team, 8-6.

May 31 - Washington County High

The orange and navy pride of Americus defeated Washington County High, 16-6. David Mixon took the win on the mound, fanning eight and allowing five hits in five and 2/3 innings. Jay Perdue relieved and sent a trio stepping back to sit. Several Travelers contributed more than one hit. Justin Hildreth had a trio of those hits, including a pair of doubles and quad runs batted in. Andrew Denham posted three of his own and drove in a pair himself. Stephen Gordon, Jay Bryant, Perdue, Eddie Colley, and Brett Ashley each contributed a pair of hits. Gordon, Colley, and Ashley would drive in a pair of scores each. Perdue had a key triple and RBI, and Matthew Greene had a run-batted-in double to end the match.

June 1 - Washington County High

Washington County defeated the Travelers in the first of a double dip, 12-3. The Golden Hawks would plate 11 batters in the last two innings. In the Americus fourth, Jay Bryant singled, stole second, and proceeded to third via an error. Jay Perdue's grounder knotted the game at 1-1 at that point. In inning #5, Brett Ashley started with a hit. Pinch runner Nathan Tamargo was able to get to third when Justin Hildreth contributed a key hit. Tamargo would be plated via a wild throw. Shawn Pritchard would later score thanks to a grounder by Franklin Harris. Ashley started on the mound and was relieved by Bryant.

In the nightcap, Americus got the win in five innings, 14-4, in a game highlighted by a solid dinger from Matthew Greene and a pair of triples by Stephen Gordon. The game was knotted 1-1 in the second as Justin Hildreth had already reached on an error, Andrew Denham posted a hit, then Greene contributed a triple-scoring shot to left. The Travelers later scored five in their fourth, thanks to a deuce-scoring triple by Gordon and deuce-out run-batted-in hits from Lijah Hobgood and Hildreth. The winning pitcher was Nathan Tamargo. Denham and Hobgood were also noted for great defense plays during the game. Bryant contributed three runs-batted-in. Gordon had a second triple in the sixth for a third RBi and Greene added the fourth with a hit in the sixth frame.

June 4 - Chattahoochee Valley & Opelika, Alabama

The orange and navy pride of Americus defeated Chattahoochee Valley in Valley, Alabama by a score of 14-8. In the nightcap, the Travelers were leading Opelika 3-0, but the game was cancelled due to rain.

June 6-9 - Richard Calhoun Invitational Tournament @ Albany

The Travelers won the Richard Calhoun Invitational Tournament in Albany. Stephen Gordon was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player.

  • Americus Travelers, 8 - Lithonia A's, 5. Three pitchers were used in the game. David Mixon worked the first four, followed by Franklin Harris and then Eddie Colley. Brett Ashley had three hits. Colley, Matthew Greene, and Andrew Denham contributed a pair each.

  • Americus Travelers, 17 - Albany Post 30-B, 2. Justin Hildreth pitched six innings. He allowed a pair of free passes and sent seven back to sit down. Jay Bryant pitched the seventh frame, fanning a pair and allowing a solo hit. Dustin Childres, Eddie Colley, Matthew Greene, and Brett Ashley each had two hits.

  • Americus Travelers, 8 - Macon Post 3 JV, 1. Eddie Colley took the win on the mound, going the distance. Stephen Gordon had three hits.

  • Americus Travelers, 9 - Leesburg Post 182, 2. Winning pitcher was Nathan Tamargo. Dustin Childres had a total of five hits. Stephen Gordon styled with a dinger!

  • Americus Travelers, 7 - Lithonia Pirates, 1

  • Americus Travelers, 7 - Macon Post 3, 4 - In the Travelers initial at-bat, Eddie Colley's deuce out hit knotted the score to 1-1. In the third frame, Andrew Denham and Matthew Greene singled, and Stephen Gordon styled with a dinger over the wall. Jay Bryant walked, stole second, reached third via a passed ball, then scored on a sac fly by Jay Perdue. Denham led off the Americus fifth with a hit. Justin Hildreth also had a hit, then Dustin Childres' bunt moved those Travelers over a base; both would score via a wild throw. Seeing time on the mound were Perdue, Colley, and David Mixon.

    Our congrats to Stephen Gordon, who went 11-for-15 in the tournament with a pair of dingers and a trio of doubles.

June 11 - Eufaula Dixie Majors

The orange and navy pride of Americus defeated the Eufaula Dixie Majors by a score of 11-10 at Bell Stadium. Franklin Harris started on the mound and worked out of a bags loaded jam in the first frame. Justin Hildreth later relieved and pitched a pair of shutout innings. The Travelers would put two scores up in their first, with Eddie Colley's hit bringing in one of them. By the end of the third, Americus was leading 3-2; the inning included a deep fly ball by Colley. Single scores were posted in innings four and five, Shawn Pritchard's double bringing one of them home.

Americus put three on the board in the seventh - David Mixon had a bunt single. Jay Perdue drew a walk. With deuce outs, Brett Ashley singled in a pair and Andrew Denham's hit brought Ashley home; the score was 10-8, Dixie Majors, at that point. In inning #8, Nathan Tamargo and Kyle Dixon had back to back hits. Mixon's hit to the outfield brought both to scoring position, then Dustin Childres got a free pass to put ducks on the pond. Perdue then came through with a big deuces-out, deuce scorer that knotted the game. In the 11th, Perdue's hit would plate Mixon for the winning score. Mixon had reached via an Eufaula error, then Childres had a sac bunt. Jay Bryant and Perdue were noted for outstanding defense work.

June 14-16 - USSSA AAA State Tournament @ Milledgeville, Georgia

Here are the scores results of the games from the USSSA AAA State Tournament.

  • Americus, 9 - Middle Georgia Seminoles, 8

  • Team Macon, 6 - Americus, 2

  • Gresham Park, 7 - Americus, 3

  • Gresham Park, 4 - Americus 3

June 18 - Vienna Post 202

The Travelers were defeated by Vienna Post 202 by a score of 6-5.

June 21-23 - Auburn University Showcase Tournament

The following are the scores results of the games from the Auburn Showcase.

  • Middle Georgia Seminoles, 20 - Americus, 19

  • Statesboro A's, 3 - Americus, 2

  • Carolina Clippers, 4 - Americus, 3

July 2 - Macon Post 3

The Travelers defeated Macon Post 3 with a score of 10-0. Brett Ashley took the win on the mound, allowing only a solo hit and fanned four in five innings. Ashley recorded eight fly-ball outs, five of which were snagged by Stephen Gordon. In the third inning, Franklin Harris and Dustin Childres were noted for defense work, a double play which ended the inning. In the Travelers initial at-batter, Eddie Colley contributed a deuce out solo scoring single. Shawn Pritchard would have a double that brought in a run in the third, then he scored on a hit by Harris.

Andrew Denham's hit put ducks on the pond with zilch outs. With a forced-out at the home plate and a fly out to right field, Colley faked heading for home; he would make it there, though, as an attempt to get Kyle Dixon out failed. In the fourth, Matthew Greene had a hit and scored, then Lijah Hobgood contributed a sharp deuce scoring double that put ducks on the pond. Childres would single home a run in the fifth.

July 6 - Dothan Post 12

The Travelers lost in a double dip to Dothan Post 12, 8-3 and 2-1.

July 8 - Ellaville Hornets

The orange and navy pride of Americus defeated the Ellaville Hornets by a score of 6-2.

July 9 - Vienna Post 202

The Travelers defeated Vienna Post 202 by a score of 8-7 in ten innings. Starting on the mound was Brett Ashley, who pitched four innings with fanning four in a row. Gray Jones took over in the fifth frame and pitched four; he struck out five, allowed a pair of runs in the sixth and allowed no free passes. David Mixon closed things out, sending three back to sit down in a pair of innings.

Hitting: In the initial at-batter, Stephen Gordon led off with a walk. Matthew Greene's had a sac bunt. Jay Perdue's hit advanced both Gordon and Greene, then a ground-out by Eddie Colley knotted things up. In the third, both Gordon and Greene reached by hits; Gordon would reach home plate via an error. Perdue's hit to right field would knot the game again at that point. Colley's out advanced the runners and Ashley's grounder contributed a run batted in and a 4-3 lead.

In the Americus sixth, Justin Hildreth styled with a solo dinger. Andrew Denham reached via free pass then Jones singled. Gordon later contributed a hit that put ducks on the pond. With a solo out, Perdue hit the game tying hit. Mixon ran bases for Jones and scored via a wild pitch. Later in the tenth, with deuce outs on the record books, Denham was hit by the ball. Kyle Dixon, pinch running for Denham, scored the winning run due to both a wild throw and a hit by pinch hitter Jay Bryant.

July 18 - Old Timers Game

The 2002 rotation of the Americus Travelers defeated a group of former players by a score of 16-5.

USSSA AAA World Series @ Jupiter, Florida (Roger Dean Complex)
  • The Travelers lost in their opening game to the Greensboro, North Carolina Batting Center, 2-0. David Mixon went the distance on the mound, striking out seven, allowing one walk and four hits.

  • Americus defeated the Aurora, Illinois Rockers, 12-3. Gray Jones took the win on the mound. Altogether, the Travelers posted 14 hits.

  • The Travelers lost to Miami Valley Express of Ohio, 4-2.

  • Americus defeated the Butler County Cobras of Cincinnati by a score of 8-7.

  • The Travelers were eliminated from further action in the World Series as they lost to the Gresham Park Seminoles, 18-11. This year, they placed #15 in the nation.
Our congratulations to Stephen Gordon, who was named USSSA honorable mention All American honor. He went 9-for-18 (.500) with a pair of extra base hits, one of which was a dinger!

With the USSSA AAA World Series over, the 2002 season came to a close.