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
2007 Coaches Roster
COACH
Head Coach: Tim Estes
Assistant Coach: Chip Langston
Assistant Coach: Jody Sellars



Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2007 17 and Under Team Roster

NUMBER NAME POSITION SCHOOL
#2 Howell White Outfield - Pitcher Lee County
#3 Easton Glover Outfield Lee County
#4 Chad Crook Pitcher Schley County
#5 Josh Brown Outfield Southland Academy
#6 Will Webb Shortstop - Pitcher Southland Academy
#7 Russ Williams Pitcher Southwest Georgia Academy
#8 Michael Swain Second Base - Pitcher Southland Academy
#9 Adam Fussell Catcher Southland Academy
#10 Fuller Timmerman Outfield Southland Academy
#12 Miles Lee Utility Southwest Georgia Academy
#15 David Byrd Pitcher Schley County
#16 Will Raines Catcher - Pitcher Lee County
#19 Will Gordon Catcher - Pitcher Schley County
#22 Jess Alexander First Base - Pitcher Southland Academy
#44 Colton Glover First Base - Pitcher Lee County
# Chandler Holloway Pitcher Southland Academy


2007 17 and Under Baseball Schedule


DATE(S) OPPONENT GAMES TIME LOCATION
May 26 Albany A's 1 - 7 inn 10:00 a.m. Albany, GA (G.C. Croft Memorial Day Tournament / Darton College)
May 26 Albany Post 30 1 - 7 inn 12:30 p.m. Albany, GA (G.C. Croft Memorial Day Tournament / Darton College)
May 27 Tallahassee Baseball Club 1 - 7 inn 12:00 p.m. Albany, GA (G.C. Croft Memorial Day Tournament / Darton College)
May 27 Consolation/Championship Game 1 - 7 inn 3:00 p.m. Albany, GA (G.C. Croft Memorial Day Tournament / Darton College)
June 1 Chattahoochee County 1 - 7 inn 1:00 p.m. Americus, GA (Travelers Weekend Challenge - Bell Stadium)
June 1 Wicksburg, Alabama 1 - 7 inn 7:30 p.m. Americus, GA (Travelers Weekend Challenge - Bell Stadium)
June 2 Albany Post 30 1 - 7 inn 10:00 a.m. Americus, GA (Travelers Weekend Challenge - Georgia Southwestern)
June 2 Americus Post 2 1 - 7 inn 7:30 p.m. Americus, GA (Travelers Weekend Challenge - Bell Stadium)
June 3 Championship Game 1 - 7 inn 2:00 p.m. Americus, GA (Travelers Weekend Challenge - Bell Stadium)
June 8 Cahaba Mudcats 1 - 7 inn 11:30 a.m. CST Montgomery, AL (Faulkner University Showcase Tournament)
June 8 Bama Bombers 1 - 7 inn 4:30 p.m. CST Montgomery, AL (Faulkner University Showcase Tournament)
June 9 East Alabama A's 1 - 7 inn 1:30 p.m. CST Montgomery, AL (Faulkner University Showcase Tournament)
June 22 Savannah Chain 18's 1 - 7 inn 7:00 p.m. Cochran, GA (Middle Georgia College Showcase Tournament)
June 23 Rutherford (Tn) Wildcats 1 - 7 inn 10:00 a.m. Cochran, GA (Middle Georgia College Showcase Tournament)
June 24 Championship Round 1 - 7 inn Cochran, GA (Middle Georgia College Showcase Tournament)
June 26 Nike 5-Tool 6:00 p.m. Valdosta, GA (Valdosta State College)
July 6 East Georgia Dirt Bags 1 - 7 inn 8:30 p.m. Greenville, South Carolina (Municipal Stadium)**
July 7 Carolina Hurricanes 1 - 7 inn 12:15 p.m. Greenville, South Carolina (Municipal Stadium)**
July 7 Laurens Titans 1 - 7 inn 4:45 p.m. Greenville, South Carolina (Municipal Stadium)**
July 8 Pro Level Sports White 1 - 7 inn 12:15 p.m. Greenville, South Carolina (Municipal Stadium)**
July 10 MSA Athletics 1 - 7 inn 7:00 p.m. Americus, GA (Bell Stadium)
July 15 - 22 USSSA 17 and Under World Series Charlotte, NC


** - Upstate Carolina Baseball Independence Day Showcase

Recaps Section


2006 Review

The Travelers claimed the AAU 16 and Under Division II Georgia State Championship by defeating the East Cobb Greys in Marietta. The team went on to compete and finish 5th at the AAU World Series at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. An overall record of 39-13 was the best in team history. Catcher Adam Fussell and second baseman Michael Swain were named to the first team All American squad. It was a magical season that came to a close in Disney's land of magic.


May 26-27 - Darton College/Albany, Georgia (G.C. Croft Memorial Day Tournament)

The Americus Travelers went 0-4 in a tournament held at Darton College in Albany. Scores were as follows:
  • Albany A's, 4 - Travelers, 3
  • Albany Post 30, 7 - Travelers, 2
  • Tallahassee Baseball Club, 6 - Travelers, 3
  • Albany A's, 1 - Travelers, 0
ALBANY A'S: Chad Crook went six innings on the mound, fanning six; Crook would contribute a pair of hits. Adam Fussell posted a pair of doubles. Americus had knotted the matchup in the seventh, what with Fuller Timmerman's single plating Crook.

ALBANY POST 30: Will Webb was 2-for-3, including a triple; he would score on runs batted in from Timmerman and Fussell.

TALLAHASSEE BASEBALL CLUB: David Byrd allowed one run on six hits and fanned nine. Americus would commit seven errors in this matchup. Webb and Jess Alexander each posted a pair of hits and a run batted in; Webb would have the lone extra base hit with a double. Miles Lee also contributed a run batted in.

ALBANY A'S: Americus had three hits in this game. Michael Swain pitched four frames; he allowed a pair of hits and fanned three. Alexander pitched a pair of innings relief.


June 1-3 - Travelers Weekend Challenge / Americus, Georgia

The Travelers once again went a perfect 5-0 in the Weekend Challenge Tournament hosted in Americus. The scores are as follows:
  • Travelers, 8 - Chattahoochee County, 0
  • Travelers, 10 - Wicksburg, AL 1
  • Travelers, 16 - Albany Post 30, 3
  • Travelers, 11 - Americus Post 2, 1
  • Travelers, 12 - Wicksburg, AL 2
NOTE: Easton Glover went yard in the Championship game.


June 8-9 - Faulkner University Showcase Tournament / Montgomery, Alabama

The Travelers went 1-2 in the Faulkner University Showcase Tournament, held in Montgomery, Alabama. The scores were as follows:
  • South Alabama Rebels, 6 - Travelers, 3
  • Travelers, 6 - Cahaba Mudcats, 5
  • East Alabama A's, 4 - Travelers, 1
SOUTH ALABAMA REBELS:   Chad Crook, as initial pitcher, allowed four runs, fanned one, allowed four walks and three hits. David Byrd relieved and allowed a pair of runs on three hits. He fanned seven and walked one. Will Webb contributed a pair of hits. Michael Swain and Will Gordon both had a hit.

NATIONAL GUARD (CAHABA) MUDCATS:   Howell White went yard, a 400 ft solo dinger. Colton Glover contributed a pair of hits (one a triple). Webb, Swain, Adam Fussell, Miles Lee, Gordon, Fuller Timmerman, and Josh Brown each had a hit. White started on the mound, pitching hit-free for the first four. Russ Williams then pitched in the fifth frame; he fanned one and walked one. Jess Alexander pitched the remainder to earn the save.

EAST ALABAMA A'S:   Michael Swain and Chad Crook combined on the mound. Fussell posted a pair of hits. Webb, Gordon, Lee, Chandler Holloway, and Timmerman all had one.

NOTES FROM COACH ESTES:

"We played really well. We only won one of the games, but played good baseball against the best competition that we've seen so far. I'm very pleased with the level we are playing at right now and look forward to the remainder of the summer. Our kids played at a very high level of competition in front of college coaches that were evaluating their every move, and we played well for the most part. When it comes time to win a championship, we'll be prepared to play. We'll be battle tested."


June 22-24 - Middle Georgia College Showcase Tournament / Cochran, Georgia

The Travelers went 1-2 in the Middle Georgia College Showcase Tournament. Results:
  • Travelers, 8 - Savannah Chain, 4
  • Rutherford Wildcats, 7 - Travelers, 1
  • Savannah Chain D-1, 6 - Travelers, 4
SAVANNAH CHAIN 17-U:   Americus posted 10 hits in this contest. David Byrd pitched six innings; he allowed three scores on five hits, fanned two and allowed a pair of walks. Jess Alexander had the save and allowed a solo run. Howell White, Easton Glover, and Will Gordon each contributed a pair of hits. Will Raines had a solo dinger. Michael Swain, Fuller Timmerman and Adam Fussell all had one hit apiece. Fussell also had a good game as catcher, throwing out two runners attempting to steal.

RUTHERFORD (TN) WILDCATS:   Howell White started on pitcher's mound, only to face a sluggish first frame. He gave up quad runs on three hits, walked three, and fanned one. Chad Crook relieved as pitcher; he allowed three runs on four hits and sent three back to the dugout. Will Webb went 2-for-3. Michael Swain, Will Raines, Adam Fussell, Miles Lee, and Josh Brown all contributed a hit each.

SAVANNAH CHAIN D-1:   Michael Swain was pitcher for this game; he allowed six runs on five hits and fanned five. Colton Glover had the hot bat in the game with a dinger that plated a trio of Travelers. Adam Fussell contributed a double; Swain, Fuller Timmerman, and Howell White all had one hit each. The game was knotted at 4-4 till the sixth inning when the Chain team plated two and won.

NOTES FROM COACH ESTES:

"I'm so proud of the way our kids came out and played this weekend. We're getting better and better each week. We're hitting the baseball at a high level right now, our pitchers are doing great and when one has an off day, someone else is there to pick them up. Defensively, we only made one error all weekend. Will Webb made some absolutely incredible plays at shortstop and our catcher play has been outstanding. I really like the direction this team is going in, and we're preparing for national level play by competing against teams like this."



June 26 - Nike 5 Tool

Americus lost to Nike 5-Tool by a score of 15-6. Will Raines hit a dinger that plated three Travelers. Both Raines and Adam Fussell played well at catcher.


July 6-8 - Upstate Carolina Baseball Independence Day Showcase / Greenville, South Carolina

Americus went 2-2 in the Elite Upstate Carolina Showcase in Greenville, South Carolina. Results:
  • East Georgia Dirtbags, 8 - Travelers, 7
  • Travelers, 9 - Carolina Hurricanes, 3
  • Travelers, 5 - Laurens Titans, 1
  • Pro-Level Sports, 8 - Travelers, 3
EAST GEORGIA DIRTBAGS:   David Byrd pitched this game, allowing eight runs on five hits. Michael Swain and Will Raines both contributed a pair of hits each, while Will Webb, Adam Fussell and Will Gordon all had one hit.

CAROLINA HURRICANES:   Howell White was the winning pitcher; he allowed four hits, walked a trio and fanned five. Will Raines had two hits. Michael Swain, Will Webb, Adam Fussell, Miles Lee, and Fuller Timmerman all contributed a single hit.

LAURENS TITANS:   Russ Williams was the winning pitcher, allowing one run on four hits and fanning five. Will Raines earned the save in relief. The Travelers scored all of their runs in the sixth frame. Among the hitting notes: Adam Fussell contributed a deuce scoring hit, and Fuller Timmerman posted a deuce scoring double.

PRO-LEVEL SPORTS:   Michael Swain took the loss on pitcher's mound, allowing four hits and a pair of walks. Hitting: Americus plated two in their second frame off of a Jess Alexander hit.

NOTES FROM COACH ESTES:

"We played well in spots this weekend, but I'm not satisfied with our overall effort right now. We've got to play with more intensity and desire rather than playing to the level of our competition. The majority of our schedule this summer has been college showcase style tournaments, which is more about individual ability than team, and I don't like that style at all. We've got to shift our focus to what is best for our team, and I've got to take the lead in doing that. Don't get me wrong - the showcases have done what they were intended to do as several of our players will be recruited next year because of what we've done this summer, but I'm anxious to see how we can perform when we're playing for a title."


July 10 - MSA Athletics

The Travelers defeated the MSA Athletics of Lee County, 5-4, in nine innings. Russ Williams started as pitcher, allowing a pair of runs and four hits. Chandler Holloway was reliever in the sixth and picked up the win. Americus plated a pair in the second frame as Will Gordon and Fuller Timmerman pulled a hit and run play. The Travelers would later knot the game in the 7th, thanks to Easton Glover's sacrifice fly. Colton Glover's sacrifice fly in the ninth plated Easton Glover to end the game.


July 17-22 - USSSA 17 & Under World Series / Gastonia, North Carolina

The Americus Travelers took First Place in the 17 and Under World Series in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team went 7-2 in the tournament. Scores and recaps are below:
  • Travelers, 7 - Mallard Creek, 1
  • Travelers, 5 - Carolina Mudcats, 3
  • Southside Storm, 5 - Travelers, 4
  • Travelers, 9 - Capital City Cubs, 0
  • Travelers, 8 - TCR Rams, 0
  • Travelers, 13 - St. Clair Shores Mariners, 2
  • Travelers, 4 - The Hitting Zone, 2
  • Southside Storm, 9 - Travelers, 7
  • Travelers, 8 - Southside Storm, 5
MALLARD CREEK (NC) MAJORS:   Pitcher David Byrd allowed only a solo run, scattered four hits and fanned five. Hitting: Adam Fussell contributed a trio of hits, four runs batted in. In their initial at-batter, Fussell drove in a pair with a hit. The team would plate four in the second frame with four hits. Fuller Timmerman and Michael Swain both hit, and Fussell had another deuce-scoring hit. Colton Glover contributed a run batted in in inning #4.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "This was without a doubt the best we've played all summer. David Byrd did a great job, we hit the ball well, we executed the bunt game, and we had two really good hit and run plays. We were 6-for-6 in stolen bases. It was fun to watch."

CAROLINA MUDCATS:   In the top of the seventh, Fuller Timmerman knotted the game with a run batted in hit. A strong defensive play with the combination of Chad Crook, Will Webb, and Adam Fussell resulted in a third Mudcats out that sent this contest into extra frames. In the eighth Americus inning, Colton Glover drove in the winning runs with his hit. Pitcher Michael Swain allowed a trio of runs on five hits and sent eight back to the dugout. Jess Alexander and Will Raines pitched in the eighth and allowed no runs.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "I was real proud of the way we battled back from being down. Our intensity never wavered. The kids felt all the way to the last pitch that we had a chance. The play that really got me going was the relay from Chad to Will to Adam. We've worked on that and worked on that, and to see it happen in that kind of situation, it was really a spark plug for us."

SOUTHSIDE STORM (VA)   Easton Glover posted a run-batted-in double and Howell White contributed a deuce scoring hit to give Americus a 3-0 lead entering the second half of the fourth frame. In the seventh, with ducks on the pond and just one out, Adam Fussell knotted the game at four with a single.

Americus finished pool play 2-1 with a plus-6 run differential. They claim the #4 seed going into Tournament play.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "We left the bases loaded three times. It seems like we got guys on early, and we moved them over, but we couldn't get that big clutch hit. It was frustrating. And when you're playing on this level, you can't have letdowns. To leave the bases loaded three times and make five errors in a ball game is unacceptable."

CAPITAL CITY CUBS   Winning pitcher Russ Williams allowed four hits and fanned eight. Hitting wise, Will Raines went 3-for-3 with quad runs-batted-in. Adam Fussell, Jess Alexander and Easton Glover all contributed a pair of hits each.

TCR RAMS   Chad Crook started as pitcher. Will Raines, starter as catcher, came into a bags loaded jam in the fifth frame and got the final pair of outs to escape out of the inning. Raines went 2-for-2 at bat, Easton Glover contributed a pair of hits and four Travelers each had a hit. The team was 8-for-8 in stolen bases.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "This is the kind of baseball I've expected us to play all year. Every one of our kids is giving it everything they've got and we're just playing smart, hard-nosed baseball. To win it all, you've got to beat everyone."

COACH LANGSTON'S COMMENTS:   "I'm so proud of the way our starters have gone deep into the game, and when we have called on someone in relief, they're getting it done, too."

ST. CLAIR SHORES MARINERS (MI)   David Byrd was the winning pitcher for this contest, allowing a pair of runs on a trio of hits and fanning five. Americus belted 13 hits; five of the team each had a pair of hits while five others had one each.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "I've been doing this for 13 years and this is the best game I've ever seen a Travelers team play. David Byrd gave us a quality outing on three days rest, we played great defense and we absolutely blistered the baseball."

HITTING ZONE (VA)   Michael Swain went the distance on the mound, fanning ten and allowing only deuce runs on five hits. Will Raines hit a dinger to left center to give Americus a 2-0 lead in their initial at-batter, then contributed a run- batted-in single in the fifth frame. Miles Lee's squeeze bunt paid off, and plated Howell White in the sixth inning.

COACH ESTES COMMENTS:   "Michael Swain was a bulldog today and went right after their hitters. I can't say enough about the job he did. Will Raines has been on fire the entire tournament and hit it hard again today."



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