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Americus Travelers Baseball Club
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

2005 17 and Under Baseball Schedule

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

Recaps Section

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 winning pitcher.

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.