Strong Rock Christian School is playing host this summer to a wooden bat college-aged baseball league and a semi-pro football team.
By Doug Gorman
School might be out for the summer, but athletic fields at Strong Rock Christian School won't be dark or empty.
The private school in Locust Grove will play host this summer to two teams--one on the football field, and one on the school's baseball diamond.
Starting this week, the South Atlanta Bearcats play their home opener on the baseball field Thursday, while the Henry Horseman, a semi-pro football team, plays their second game of the year and their first at home on Saturday.
The Bearcats are part of the Sunbelt Baseball League, a wooden bat summer league made up of college-aged players. Most of the Atlanta Bearcats are from the Southern Crescent.
Dion Lowe, the head coach of the Bearcats, says most of his team has experience playing in wooden bat leagues, but says there are some differences between playing with an alumni bat in college and with wooden bats.
"There is probably about a two week adjustment," he said. "With wooden bats, you get a truer hop, and picking up the ball off the bat is different for the outfielders."
A year ago, the Bearcats made their debut in the baseball league.
Thursday's home opener, features the Bearcats playing against the Douglasville Bulls. Game time is set for 7:15.
The Bearcats come into the game looking to get back track after dropping their first two contests of the season.
Lowe says about 50 percent of the players on the team are from the Southern Crescent, and most have played at the college level.
The Bulls enter the game riding a two-game winning streak.
Admission to the contest is $3.
For full details, see the Sunbelt baseball league website
Horseman open with win
The Henry Horseman opened their season last week with a 41-6 victory against the Atlanta Lions. The Lions are a first-year program, also from the Southern Crescent. The contest was played at Tara Stadium.
In the season opener, the Horseman built a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, and pushed it to 20-6 at the half. They had two touchdowns in the second quarter and one in the final period
The semi-pro football team's home opener comes against the Georgia Crush.
In addition to Saturday's game, the Horseman play four more contest at Strong Rock, including against the Peach State Rattlers (June 18), Georgia Jets (July 16), the Atlanta Aggression (August 6) and the Atlanta Chiefs (August 13).
All home games are set for 7 p.m.