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
2017 17 and Under - Coaching Staff


      #01, Head Coach - Tim Estes

Tim Estes is the founder of Americus Travelers baseball and has served as the head coach and/or director of operations since 1995. He has spearheaded the rise of Travelers baseball from a recreational level team in the mid 1990's to a nationally recognized, elite program of today. He has been named the National Coach of the Year twice (2007, 2013).

Coach Estes is a native of Americus, graduating from Americus High School in 1987 where he was an All-State catcher. He signed a baseball scholarship and played collegiate baseball at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He has coached on a variety of levels; youth baseball all-stars, volunteer assistant at Sidney Lanier High School and elite Travel baseball with the Americus Travelers. He also spent two seasons (1990, 1991) serving as a "Bird Dog" scout in the San Francisco Giants organization. He has spent his entire professional career in the field of public parks and recreation administration (1990-1994 Stadium Manager: Montgomery Parks and Recreation, 1994-2008 Asst. Director: Americus Sumter Recreation Authority, 2008 - Present Executive Director: Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department).

Coach Estes has been married to his wife Tammie since August 1993. They have two daughters; Lexie, a freshman at Georgia Southwestern State University and Ashleigh, a Junior at Schley County High School. The Estes family are members of the Oasis church of Christ in Ellaville where Coach Estes alternates the preaching duties. He enjoys fishing, spending time in the North Georgia mountains and visiting the gulf coast beaches.

      #31, Assistant Coach - Jeff Fussell

Jeff Fussell enters his fourth season as the Americus Travelers assistant coach, working mainly with the hitters. He graduated from Americus High School, where he played baseball with the Panthers from 1976-1978. Fussell also holds degrees in advanced electronics from South Georgia Technical College and in applied science from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Coach Fussell is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator and is A.F.O certified to manage aquatic facilities. He is the Recreation Manager for the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department.

Fussell has been a successful baseball coach for many years. His knowledge of the game and his ability to motivate young men makes him a valuable member of the Travelers staff.

Coach Fussell and his wife, Susie, have two children: Kate, a registered nurse in Columbus, and Adam, a program coordinator for Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency in Woodstock. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf. He and his family are members of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Plains.



Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2017 17 and Under Spring/Summer Schedule
DATE  TOURNAMENT  LOCATION  LODGING 
       
 June 2-4, 2017 Terry Jinwright Invitational Tournament
Troy University
NOTE: Game times are Central Standard Time
Saturday, 6/3/2017 @ 9:30 AM - Millbrook Navy (Game @ Troy University)
Saturday, 6/3/2017 @ 2:30 PM - Dothan Post 3 (Game @ Pike Liberal Arts School)
Saturday, 6/3/2017 @ 7:30 PM - Troy 17U (Game @ Pike Liberal Arts School
Sunday, 6/4/2017 @ 9:30 AM - Game On (Game @ Pike Liberal Arts School
Troy, Alabama    Hampton Inn - Troy, Alabama
 June 9-10, 2017 Game On Showcase
Unversity of West Georgia
Friday, 6/9/2017 @ 5:45 PM - Game On Mizuno
Friday, 6/9/2017 @ 8:00 PM - Game On Expos
Saturday, 6/10/2017 @ 11:15 AM - Game On Mizuno
Saturday, 6/10/2017 @ 1:30 PM - Game On Expos
Carrollton, Georgia    Hampton Inn - Carrollton, Georgia
 June 16-18, 2017 Matthew Jernigan Invitational Tournament
Friday, 6/16/2017 @ 2:00 PM (CST) - Jacksonville Post 283 (2)
Friday, 6/16/2017 @ 4:30 PM (CST) - Jacksonville Post 283 (1)
Saturday, 6/17/2017 - Dothan Post 12
Sunday, 6/18/2017 @ 9:00 AM (CST) - Wiregrass Cardinals Blue
Pittman Field
1701 Stadium Street
Dothan, Alabama
 
Comfort Suites  
 June 22-26, 2017 Perfect Game Super 25 Tournament
Lakepoint Sports Complex
Friday, 6/23/2017 @ 7:00 PM - Georgia Jackets National (Game @ Field 13 - Perfect Game Park South at Lakepoint)
Saturday, 6/24/2017 @ 12:45 PM - Ohio Force (Game @ Field 9 - Perfect Game Park South at Lakepoint)
Sunday, 6/25/2017 @ 4:30 PM - East Cobb Eagles (Game @ Field 3, East Cobb Complex)
Monday, 6/26/2017 @ 9:00 AM - Mountain Break High School (Game @ Kennesaw Mountain High School Stadium)
Field 13 & Field 9: Lakepoint Sports Complex
124 LakePoint Parkway
Cartersville, Georgia

East Cobb Complex
4617 Lee Waters Road
Marietta, Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain High School Stadium
1898 Kennesaw Due West Road
Kennesaw, Georgia
 
 
 July 7-13, 2017 AAU National Championships
Historic Dodgertown
Friday, July 7 @ 8:00 AM - Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue (Game @ Stadium)
Friday, July 7 @ 10:15 AM - Colorado Gold (Game @ Stadium)
Saturday, July 8 @ 10:15 AM - Wiregrass Cardinals-Red (Game @ Field 1)
Saturday, July 8 @ 12:30 PM - GATA Wolfpack (Game @ Field 1)
Sunday, July 9 @ 12:30 PM - Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue (Game @ Field 1)
Tuesday, July 11 @ 8:00 AM - Wiregrass Cardinals-Red (Game @ Stadium)
Vero Beach, Florida
 
 Ocean Village Resort - Hutchinson Island


Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2017 17 and Under - Spring/Summer Season Log
Season Record: 11-10


June 3, 2017 - Tri County

The Americus Travelers 17U started off their 2017 campaign with an 8-0 shutout against Tri County. The Orange and Navy would score on hits by Reid Ragsdale, Matt Cooper and Camron Vanlerberghe, walks by Will Lang and Cameron Belcher and a first inning error. Their scoring began in their initial at-batter, what with Ragsdale's hit which plated a run. Cooper and Vanlerberghe both drove in a pair. Pitching: Gavin Paul earned the win, going three frames. He allowed no runs, one hit, he sent four back to the dugout and walked one.

June 3, 2017 - Dothan 17U

The 17U Travelers of Americus defeated Dothan 17U, 7-5, after taking the lead late. They were trailing 5-4 in the fourth when Camron Vanlerberghe's double plated in two Travelers. Americus had taken an early lead in their initial at-batter. Will Kelley drove in a pair with a hit. They took the lead for good in their fourth with three scored; Will Lanneau hit a sacrifice fly to drive in one. The Orange and Navy would post nine hits total. Cameron Belcher and Reid Ragsdale each posted multiple hits.

Pitching: Chance Hollomon earned the win, going two and 1/3 frames. He allowed no runs, one hit and walked one. Tyler Ross earned the save, recording the final three outs. Matt Cooper started, going two and 2/3 frames. He allowed five, eight hits and sent one back to the dugout.

June 3, 2017 - Troy Post 70

The Travelers lost to Troy Post 70, 9-1. Reid Ragsdale, Cameron Belcher and Gavin Paul each had one hit in the contest.


June 4, 2017 - Game On Expos

The Americus Travelers defeated the Game On Expos, 1-0. The Travelers would score their only run in their second on a hit by Chance Hollomon. Matt Cooper, Hollomon, Will Lang, Cameron Belcher, Jarrett Kemp and Paul each had one hit.

Pitching: Gavin Paul and Tyler Ross combined efforts in the shutout; Ross induced a fly out from an Expos player to finish the contest. Paul would earn the win, going five innings. He allowed no runs, one hit and struck out one. Ross earned the save as he recorded the last six outs.


June 9, 2017 - Game On Mizuno

The Travelers of Americus lost to Game On Mizuno, 6-2. Americus took an early lead in their initial at-batter, plating one on a double by Will Kelley with one out at that point. The Travelers scored their only other run in the fifth. Matt Cooper's hit brought in one run.

Pitching: Tyler Ross took the loss; going three and 2/3 innings, he allowed five runs, five hits and struck out one.


June 9, 2017 - Game On Expos

The Americus Travelers were defeated by the Game On Expos, 11-5. The Orange and Navy had ten hits in the contest, with a pair each from Gavin Paul, Will Lanneau and Reid Ragsdale.

Pitching: Matt Cooper took the loss for Americus. He went five innings, allowing five scores, eight hits and sending five back to the dugout.


June 10, 2017 - Game On Mizuno

The Travelers lost to Game On Mizuno, 10-0.


June 10, 2017 - Game On Expos

The Americus Travelers defeated the Game On Expos, 9-4. Americus took an early lead plating six in their second frame on hits by Will Lanneau, Will Lang, Reid Ragsdale (his hit scored a pair) and Camron Vanlerberghe and a walk by Gavin Paul. The Travelers would score one again in their fourth via a sacrifice fly by Cameron Belcher that drove in a run. Americus would post 12 hits total with a pair each coming from Will Kelley, Ragsdale and Vanlerberghe.

Pitching: Kelley took the win; going five frames, he allowed a pair of runs, six hits and sent four back to the dugout.


June 16, 2017 - Jacksonville Post 283 16U

The Travelers 17U of Americus defeated the Post 283 16U of Jacksonville, Florida in an 11-0 shutout. Americus would take an early lead in their initial at-batter on a double by Jarrett Kemp (plating one) and a single by Will Kelley. Six Travelers would cross home plate in the third via an error, a wild pitch and hits by Matt Cooper and Tyler Ross.

Pitching: Chance Hollomon went four innings on the mound; he allowed no runs, one hit, struck out three and one walk.


June 16, 2017 - Jacksonville Post 283 17U

The Americus Travelers 17U won against the Jacksonville, Florida Post 283 17U team, 13-3. Hits by Will Kelley, Gavin Paul, Chance Hollomon and Will Lanneau led to scores in their initial at-batter. Americus would post 14 hits total in the contest; Hollomon, Kelley, Jarrett Kemp and Lanneau all had multiple, and Hollomon and Will Lang each drove in three.

Pitching: Matt Cooper earned the win. Going two innings, he allowed three runs, five hits and struck out one.


June 17, 2017 - Dothan 16U

The Travelers 17U of Americus defeated Dothan 16U, 4-2. Scoring came via hits from Will Kelley and Gavin Paul in their initial at-batter, and Jarrett Kemp in the second frame. Kemp would go 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of scores batted in.

Pitching: Will Lanneau went seven innings on the mound. He allowed a pair of runs, nine hits, a walk and sent three back to the dugout.



June 18, 2017 - Wiregrass Cardinals Blue

The Americus Travelers 17U lost to Wiregrass Cardinals Blue, 4-0. Reid Ragsdale, Will Lanneau and Camron Vanlerberghe each had one hit in the contest.

Pitching: Gavin Paul took the loss, going four and 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs, five hits and sent four back to the dugout.


June 23, 2017 - Georgia Jackets

The Americus Travelers 17U lost to the Georgia Jackets, 12-6. The Travelers would post seven hits total in the contest. Americus scored first in their initial at-batter; a single by Camron Vanlerberghe plated one run. Will Lang, Jarrod Wall, Reid Ragsdale, Gavin Paul and Vanlerberghe each drove in a score.


June 24, 2017 - Ohio Force

The 17U Travelers of Americus lost to Ohio Force, 4-1. Chance Hollomon, Will Lang and Jarrett Kemp each had one hit in the contest.


June 25, 2017 - East Cobb Eagles

The Americus Travelers 17U defeated the East Cobb Eagles, 7-3. Americus started strong with three scores via fielder's choice by Jarrod Wall, an error and a hit by Reid Ragsdale in the Travelers' second frame. They would plate four more in their fifth; Will Kelley's double and a grounder brought about the scores. Kelley and Will Lanneau each had two hits in the contest.

Pitching: Tyler Ross earned the win. Going four frames, he allowed a pair of runs, three hits, one walk and sent two back to the dugout.


June 26, 2017 - Mountain Brook High School

The Travelers 17U of Americus were defeated by Mountain Brook High School, 7-4. Americus would plate one in the third and three in their sixth. The Travelers would post eight hits total, with Will Lanneau, Will Kelley and Matt Cooper each having a pair of hits.


July 7, 2017 - Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue

The Americus Travelers 17U lost to Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue, 6-2. No further details are available at the present time.


July 7, 2017 - Colorado Gold

The 17U Travelers of Americus defeated Colorado Gold, 13-5. We can report a homerun hit by Camron Vanlerberghe! No further details are available at the present time.


July 8, 2017 - Wiregrass Cardinals-Red

The Americus Travelers 17U lost to the Wiregrass Cardinals-Red, 12-0. No further details are available at the present time.


July 8, 2017 - GATA Wolfpack

The 17U Americus Travelers defeated the GATA Wolfpack, 14-3. No further details are available at the present time.


July 9, 2017 - Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue

The Americus Travelers 17U team won against the Wiregrass Cardinals-Blue, 3-2. No further details are available at the present time.


Americus Travelers Baseball Club
2017 17 and Under - Team Roster
NUMBER  NAME  POSITION  SCHOOL 
       
 Will Kelley  3B/RHP  Bainbridge High 
 Matt Cooper  RHP  Lee County 
 Chance Hollomon  RHP/Outfielder  Schley County 
 Will Lang  C/3B  Lee County 
 Aaron Greene     
10   Gavin Paul  LHP/1B  Lee County 
15   Camron Vanlerberghe  2B  Schley County 
17   Cameron Belcher  RHP/U  Schley County 
22   Reid Ragsdale  CF/LHP  Schley County 
24   Will Lanneau  SS/RHP  Crisp County 
25   Jarrett Kemp  LF  Sherwood Christian 
28   Tyler Ross  RHP/OF  Lee County 
44   Jarrod Wall  C/1B  Schley County