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Pride on line at Clayton County all-star game

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman (right) and his Lovejoy counterpart Craig Chatman will coach in the second annual Clayton County All-Star game Saturday at Jonesboro.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman (right) and his Lovejoy counterpart Craig Chatman will coach in the second annual Clayton County All-Star game Saturday at Jonesboro.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

Mundy's Mill rising senior pitcher Corey Harmon often thinks about the way the Tigers' season ended last month in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Harmon walked an Effingham County batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Tigers were swept in the first round of playoffs.

That walk in the Class AAAA best-of-three playoff series against

Effingham County came on four straight balls.

Harmon is ready to put that loss in the past as he steps on the diamond for the first time since that loss in early May. He will represent the American League in the second annual Clayton County All-Star game at Jonesboro High Saturday.

The junior pitcher/shortstop will be one of six Mundy's Mill players on the roster, which also includes players from Jonesboro, North Clayton and Forest Park.

They will take on players from the National League roster that include Lovejoy, Drew, Morrow, Riverdale and Mount Zion. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

"I'm looking forward to playing against the other talent in the county," said Harmon, who was named the Southern Crescent player of the year by the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald.

"It should be a lot of fun getting back on the field," he said. "I'm ready to get back in baseball mode."

Several college coaches are expected to attend with a couple major league scouts.

Harmon's teammate Anthony Hammonds is hoping to impress some of the college coaches. This past season, Hammonds was 7-3 with 53 strikeouts in 48 innings.

He will attend Alabama State, but is hoping to play for the Div. I school next spring.

"I've been talking to their coach, and I think he is suppose to be at the game," Hammonds said. "I'm looking forward to him seeing me play."

Although this game is for fun, but for some, it could mean a future scholarship.

"I don't feel like I will put that much pressure on myself," Hammonds said. "I'm just going to do what I've been doing all season."

Bragging rights are also at stake. Players on the American League team won last year's game.

"After our last game, I don't want to leave high school with that empty feeling," Hammonds said. "I'm ready for college. I just don't want to lose this game. I feel like we have a great chance."