2005 17 and Under Team Roster (Jersey # Order)
|1||Ashton Harper||Outfield / Infield||Irwin County|
|5||Josh Brown||Outfield / Infield||Americus-Sumter|
|6||Brad Jackson||Center / Pitcher||Houston County|
|7||Blaze Hargrove||Pitcher / Shortstop||Southland Academy|
|9||Scott Shuman||Pitcher / Shortstop||Valdosta|
|10||Dexter Lashley||Pitcher / 3rd Base||Southland Academy|
|11||Zachary Slaughter||Catcher||Southland Academy|
|17||Matt Kiley||Outfield||Southland Academy|
|19||Nathan Greene||Pitcher / Outfield||Southland Academy|
|22||Cam Ellis||Pitcher / 1st Base||Southland Academy|
|23||Timmy Thompkins||Outfield||Southland Academy|
|Head Coach: Danny Slaughter|
|Assistant Coach: Bobo Short|
|May 21||Junior Travelers||One||11:00 a.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|May 22||Macon Mudcats||One||1:00 p.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|May 25||East Cobb Patriots||Two||2:00 p.m.||Americus - Georgia Southwestern|
|May 27 - May 29||Post 30 Memorial Day Tournament||Four||Albany|
|May 31||Macon Mudcats||One||6:00 p.m.||Middle Georgia College - Cochran|
|June 2 - June 5||HARD Invitational||Five||Houston County/Perry|
|June 7||Valdosta High||Two||5:00 p.m.||South Georgia College - Douglas|
|June 10 - June 12||Pendleton Showcase||Four||Georgia Southern - Statesboro|
|June 15 - June 18||Parkview Shootout||Five||Atlanta|
|June 19||Nashville Stars||One||9:00 a.m.||Auburn University|
|June 19||Columbus, Ohio Jaquars||One||11:30 a.m.||Auburn University|
|June 20||East Alabama Wildcats||One|
|June 25||Georgia Sports Academy Dodgers (Travelers Showcase)||One||5:00 p.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|June 25||Savannah Lynx (Travelers Showcase)||One||7:30 p.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|June 26||StaF Athletic Yankees (Travelers Showcase)||One||11:00 a.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|June 26||Middle Georgia A's (Travelers Showcase)||One||4:00 p.m.||Americus - Georgia Southwestern|
|June 25 - June 26||Travelers Showcase Tournament||Four||Americus - Georgia Southwestern & Bell Stadium|
|June 28||Two||6:00 p.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|June 29||Americus Travelers Golf Tournament||Wolf Creek Golf Club|
|June 30||Two||6:30 p.m.|
|July 5 - July 10||Perfect Game WWBA National Championship||East Cobb Complex - Atlanta|
|July 12||Macon Mudcats||Two||6:00 p.m.||Americus - Bell Stadium|
|May 21 - Americus Travelers 15 and Under|
The 17&U Travelers lost to the 15&U Travelers team, 8-5. Starting pitcher was
Blaze Hargrove; in all, four pitchers were used, including Josh Brown, Nathan
Greene and Brad Jackson. Brown fanned a pair in his first inning (game 3rd). The Travelers put
runners on the board via a pair walked, then a deuce out hit by Scott Schuman. Zach
Slaughter would post a hit in the 4th frame; Brown also struck out another pair. Nathan
Greene took to the mound for the fifth and sixth innings, catching a bunted ball in the
former, striking out the side in the latter. Greene would also have a hit in the
Travelers' sixth inning.|
In the eighth, Cam Ellis posted a single to put a pair of runners on. Score #3 came via a wild pitch. Dexter Lashley then hit a triple to plate Ellis, and Slaughter's deep fly ball brought in Lashley. Jackson pitched the final three innings and had five strikeouts.
|May 22 - Macon Mudcats|
The 17U Travelers team bounced back against the Macon Mudcats with a
6-3 victory. The team once again had trouble on defense, yielding three unearned
runs. (Coach Slaughter: "The way we pitched, our pitchers should have had a shutout.")
Cam Ellis, Dexter Lashley, and Scott Shuman all saw time on the mound; Shuman was the
|May 27-29 - Post 30 Memorial Day Tournament @ Albany|
The 17U Americus Travelers went two for two in the Post 30 Memorial Day Tournament in
Albany to come in second place.|
Albany Post 30 - Won 8-4:
Zach Slaughter's double started a deuce scoring second frame. Cam Ellis posted a double in the third, which saw a trio of Travelers score. In the seventh, three more were added as Scott Shuman doubled. Josh Brown had two hits in this game.
Mudcats - Lost 6-1
The Travelers managed only three hits in this contest, two by Brad Jackson.
Bay County Post 375 - Won 4-3
Dexter Lashley pitched a complete game and scored the winning run via a hit by Nathan Greene. Lashley allowed eight hits, a single walk and fanned a pair. In the initial at-batter for the orange and navy elite, Brad Jackson led off with a walk. Scott Shuman posted a one out hit, then Zach Slaughter's double would knot the game 1-1 at that point. In frame #2, a walk by Lashley and a sac fly by Ashton Harper led to a run-batted-in for Jackson, who himself scored by error.
The sixth frame proved deja vu. Again, Lashley started with a walk; he would reach second with Ashton Harper's sac fly, then third via Jackson's hit. Greene's hit brought Lashley home.
Bay County - Lost 8-3
No details available.
|June 2-5 - Hard Invitational|
The orange and navy pride of Americus were only able to get in two games in the HARD
Invitational in Houston County/Perry due to rain outs.|
Warner Robins High School - Won 15-0
Cam Ellis took the win on pitcher's mound, allowing only a solo hit. Will Brown pitched in the fifth inning. Ellis, Nathan Greene, Scott Shuman, and Dexter Lashley all hit a home run.
Houston County - Won 7-1
Scott Shuman, Brad Jackson, Zach Slaughter, and Cam Ellis all saw time on the mound in this contest; Jackson fanned six in three innings. Josh Brown posted a pair of hits, one of which was a bags loaded double in a first frame that saw four Travelers score.
|June 7 - Valdosta High|
The Americus Travelers defeated Valdosta High in both games of a double header, 8-1 and 3-2.
No details available.|
|June 25-26 - Travelers Showcase|
Americus went 1-3 in the Travelers Showcase held at both Georgia Southwestern State
University and Thomas L. Bell Stadium. No details were made available.|
|June 30 - Macon Tigers|
The Travelers lost to the Macon Tigers, 7-5, in a game that was played with wooden
bats. Dexter Lashley started on the mound and fanned nine in four innings of shutout
ball. Americus plated three in their half of the fifth. Josh Brown led off with a
double. Andrew Langston followed up with a run-batted-in hit, and Nathan Greene
walked. Lashley, Brown, and Blaze Hargrove each posted a pair of hits.|
|July 5-10 - Perfect Game National Championship|
Americus went 2-2 at their first ever Perfect Game National Championship; the Travelers
made it to the Championship round in this tournament, which was shortened by rain.
Americus was defeated 3-2 by the California Bulldogs. |
|Summer Sizzler USSSA Invitational 17U Tournament @ Gastonia, North Carolina|
The orange and navy pride of Americus ended their 2005 campaign in strong order by
winning the Summer Sizzler USSSA Invitational in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Travelers
outscored their opponents, 54-11. |
Pitching during this tournament were Cam Ellis, Dexter Lashley, Scott Shuman, Kyle Cravey, Andrew Langston, and Will Brown. The pitching combined with power at the plate and overall great defense. Hitting: Zach Slaughter - 10-for-13 (four doubles, dinger, nine runs); Lashley - 8-for-11 (two doubles, two home runs, six runs); Ellis - 5-for-9 (two home runs, nine runs); Brad Jackson - 5-for-9 (triple, home run, eight runs); Nathan Greene - 4-for-8 (two triples). Blaze Hargrove contributed a double and a home run, and Shuman posted three doubles and a home run.
The 17 and Under team's 2005 record was 23-14.