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Jonesboro falls, Henry advances

From Staff Reports

Henry County was eliminated Saturday in the Mickey Mantle (15-16) state tournament but will advance to the regionals to be held this week in Douglasville.

Henry County finished third in the state tournament held at Jonesboro.

Henry County beat Jonesboro 14-6 to eliminate the host team. The game was called after six innings.

Brent Buckner pitched a complete game for Henry County.

Offensively, Matt Clark led the way with a three-run home and a two-run double. Greg Huff collected three hits, including a double.

Henry County was eliminated from the tournament by Fayette County in a 2-1 duel.

Steven Taylor pitched a complete game for Henry County.

The three top teams from the state tournament (Fayette County, East Paulding and Henry County) will play in the Southeast Regional which will start Wednesday at Hunter Park in Douglasville.

Henry County, East Paulding and Fayette County will undergo coaching changes today to comply with GHSA rules.

The Henry County team has been coached this season by Henry County High School coaches Jerry Smith and Robert Thompson. Gary Clark will take over the head coaching duties of the team. Clark, who is Matt Clark's father has been working working with the team as a pitching coach.

East Paulding has been coached so far this season by Ronnie Green, who is the head coach of the East Paulding High School team.

Green is a former head coach at Morrow High School.

The Southeast Regional will include teams from Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky.

The members of the Henry County team are made up of players from the Henry County High School varsity and junior varsity teams.

Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell said that it's important for high school players to stay active and play during the summer.

"It's a hand-eye coordination sport and you only get better if you play more," he said. "If your competition is playing and you're not, you're probably going to get left behind."

Two Henry County players, Michael Rozier and Greg Lindsey, are on national teams this summer.

Rozier was a member of Team Georgia this year and is now playing for a national team in Ohio.

Rozier, who is the starting quarterback on the Warhawks' football team, has also been attending quarterback camps this summer as well.

Lindsey has been playing for a national team based out of Savannah.

In other American Amateur Baseball Congress news:

nThe Morrow-Lake City Indians won the Sandy Koufax (13-14) Southeast Regional tournament Saturday at Morrow-Lake City Park.

The Indians will now play in the Sandy Koufax World Series, which will be held Aug. 7-10 in Gurnee, Ill.

nSouth Cedar Park in McDonough will play host to the Roberto Clemente (7-8) World Series. The tournament begins Thursday and continues through Sunday.

The McDonough Braves won the championship last year.