ELCA goes on 'Moose' round up as it prepares to play at Temple

By Anthony Rhoads

He may have a perfect baseball name but when the second round of the Class A state playoffs start today, the Eagle's Landing Christian Chargers are hoping Temple player Moose Milligan will have a less than perfect performance.

Milligan has been one of the top offensive players in the state this year for the fourth-ranked Temple Tigers (20-4) and ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens knows his team will have its hands full in this week's best-of-three series. Today's doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. at Temple. If needed, game 3 will be Thursday at 4 p.m.

"We know they're a good ball team," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "They have a lot of weapons. We're going to have to hustle."

In order to shut down Milligan and Temple's other offensive weapons, ELCA's pitching staff will have to bring its 'A' game for sure.

"We need our pitchers to pitch better," Shadowens said. "Christian White is definitely our No. 1 pitcher. He's done a tremendous job for us all year and he'll have to continue to pitch well. (Brian) Moss and (Brian) Satterfield will have to pitch better. We're going to have to almost play perfect defense. (Temple) is going to be putting the ball in play and we have to play more aggressively on defense."

With Temple's ability to put runs on the board, Shadowens said the Chargers will have to take advantage of every opportunity they have to score.

"We're going to have to get guys on base," Shadowens said. "If we've been playing on a seven or eight on a scale of one-to-10, we'll have to take it up to 10. We're going to have to play up and we're going to have to coach up."

The Chargers earned a trip to the second round by sweeping Georgia Military College last week in a doubleheader at home. It was the Chargers' first playoff games as members of the Georgia High School Association.

"It was an awesome feeling for us," Shadowens said. "To be able to open the playoffs at home was a blessing for our guys, our coaches and our fans."

Temple advanced to the second round by sweeping Athens Christian and is riding a 10-game winning streak.