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ELCA baseball players garner final GISA honors

By Anthony Rhoads

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers baseball team will be entering a new era next season.

The Chargers completed their final season in the Georgia Independent School Association last month with a first-round loss to Southland in the Class AAA state playoffs.

Next season, the Chargers will move to the Georgia High School Association and compete in Region 5-A.

"We hope we can be competitive," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "The GHSA is where it's at, especially around here. Maybe in the Macon area, the GISA might be a little better but the GHSA is where we want to be."

The Chargers ended their final season in the GISA at 16-10.

They were swept 1-0 and 4-3 by Southland in the state tournament. Southland went on to win the Class AAA state championship.

Errors cost ELCA in both state tournament games and that was something that had plagued the team all season, Shadowens said.

The team featured only three seniors this year and the roster was made up of mainly freshmen and sophomores. The experience the younger players got this year will be invaluable next season.

"We'll be a better defensive team next year and we'll hit the ball better," Shadowens said. "I think that's going to play off for us. We've got some guys coming back who are hungry and they're mad at how the season ended this year."

Several ELCA players received post-season honors including pitcher Christian White, who was named to the GISA Class AAA All-State team.

White was also named to the All-Region 1-AAA team. Also making the all-region were centerfielder Kyle Pope, outfielder Micah Usry and freshman shortstop Brian Satterfield.

"(Satterfield) was one of the best shortstops in the GISA this year," Shadowens said. "He's a very good shortstop."