Stephens speeds off to ABAC

By Anthony Rhoads

During his time at Morrow High School, it was evident Omar Stephens was talented at basketball.

He was a key contributor on two region championship teams but what a lot of folks didn't realize was that he was pretty talented in baseball.

This spring, he went out for the varsity baseball team for the first time and now it's paid off as he has received a full scholarship to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a two-year school in Tifton.

What sealed the deal at ABAC was Stephens' tryout where coaches got to see how fast he was. Stephens ran a 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds and he wasn't even running as hard as he could in the last several yards.

"He can really run," ABAC head coach Steve Janousek said. "He's faster than just about anyone I have on the team now. He's the quality of the centerfielder I have now, who is a possible draft choice. We're looking forward to Omar stepping in and filling his shoes. He has some work to do but he definitely has the tools; the sky's the limit."

Stephens has been around the game for almost all of his life and started playing youth league ball in Terrell County when he was 8.

He's looking forward to the chance to play at the next level.

"It's something I've wanted to do and I feel really happy about it," he said. "I think it's a great place and it's a good fit."

In the 2004 season at Morrow, Stephens' batting average was around .315 and his on-base percentage was around .600 as a lead-off hitter. He's also recorded 28 stolen bases.

Lovejoy 11, Carver-Columbus 1 (six innings): Kyle Neal picked up the win for Lovejoy, striking out seven, allowing four hits and one earned run in six innings.

Brandon Perry led the way with a three-run home run that highlighted a seven-run first inning. Perry went 1-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs.

Jeremy Register went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Bryan Graves went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.