By Anthony Rhoads,Jeffery Armstrong and Doug Gorman
It starting to get warm outside, making winter and some off those cold early-season baseball games a distance memory. Forest Park head coach Quinton King hopes that is a good omen for his team.
Although Forest Park is off to one of its best starts in recent memory, the baseball team's offense has been in a bit of a slump. In its last game before spring break, Forest Park only managed three hits in its victory against Stone Mountain. The victory came on one of the warmest days of the season, as temperatures climbed near the 80-degree mark.
"It starting to get hot outside, maybe now our bats will heat up too," said King.
n Fun while it lasted: The Forest Park Panthers baseball team was ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA last week, but dropped out of the top-10 standings this week. Panthers catcher B.J. McKinney was glad to see the team ranked for the first time in years.
"I was surprised when I found out," he said. "I was like ?wow n we're ranked!' That was cool."
n A familiar face: Former Riverdale baseball coach Kelcey White returned to the Southern Crescent Tuesday afternoon to coach his new team, the Stone Mountain Pirates against Forest Park. White's new team fell just short, losing the non-region game 5-3.
White came back to Riverdale Wednesday to watch the Raiders play McIntosh.
"It's the first chance I've had to come back," White said. "I just wanted to see my kids."
White was head coach at Riverdale from 2001-03 and currently has Stone Mountain tied for first place in the Region 5-AAAA standings.
n Same as the first: Jonesboro head baseball coach Don Corr's captured his 300th career coaching victory when his team defeated Stockbridge High 9-8 last Thursday. Corr's first career win was back in 1985, also against Stockbridge. Current Henry County coach Clint Satterfield, then a freshman, hit a home run in his first varsity at-bat to lead the Cardinals to victory.
n Special day: Corr was excited to celebrate his birthday and his 300th win on April 1 against Stockbridge. He got the customary water bucket dousing by his players and one former player, Zach Maddox, called Corr after the Stockbridge came to congratulate him.
n Taking advantage of a day off: Henry County baseball head coach Chuck Campbell enjoyed a rare Friday off last week and he went out to Eagle's Landing Christian Academy to see the Chargers play host to Riverside Military Academy in GISA action.
The game featured Matt Clark, a former Henry County High baseball player who is now at Riverside Military. Clark struck out seven while allowing five hit and three walks in the 12-2 loss.
Campbell also was at the game to see his cousin Kyle Pope play. Pope plays for ELCA and he held 2-for-2 with two runs and RBI and two walks.
Next season, ELCA will move to the Georgia High School Association. The Chargers have played some GHSA teams in summer league ball including Henry County two years ago.
"They hung with us," Campbell said.
n ?Bedrock' now at East Coweta: The East Coweta Indians have one of the strongest pitching staffs in Region 4-AAAAA and with good reason n they have two former Major League pitchers as assistant coaches.
Steve Bedrosian and Ricky Behenna both are now assistants for the Indians.
"It's great that I've got those guys who forgot more about pitching than I will ever know," East Coweta head coach Franklin DeLoach said.
Bedrosian played in the Majors from 1981-90 and from ?93-94. He won the 1987 National League Cy Young Award in 1987 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He also played for the Atlanta Braves seven seasons, ?81-85 and ?93-94.
Behenna was a fourth-round draft picked by the Braves in 1978. He played part of the 1983 season in Atlanta before being traded to Cleveland, where he played until 1985.