Over the weekend, the Schley County Wildcats captured their first baseball championship in school history, and while they are adding to their trophy case, we’re adding one more honor. The Wildcats are our Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.
The home of the Schley County Wildcats is now going by a new name: home of the state champions. Schley County beat ECI in two games over the weekend to capture the Single A state championship. And you can tell the lasting impact it has.
“It was pretty emotional knowing it was the last time I would be with those guys on this field. It’s something I’ll never forget,” said senior catcher Knox Theus.
“It’s been crazy. Just the support that we have gotten from the school and community, it has been overwhelming. The amount of people that were out here to support us was crazy,” said junior pitcher Michael Leeder.
“The guy came by today to show us rings and that was incredible. Just sitting and looking, again it gets back to the conversation that I can’t believe it has really happened,” said head coach Chuck Cheek
It did happen. Coach Cheek says he has been reliving it through pictures on social media, so we let him relive one of the best parts of the celebration video: the Gatorade bath.
“That felt wonderful. I know my face probably didn’t show it, but that was the best shower I’ve ever had in my life,” said Cheek.
This team only has one senior: catcher Knox Theus.
“From the beginning, coaches asked us to put our hearts on the field. That’s what we did,” Theus said.
With a loaded team coming back, expectations will be very high.
“The guys that understand the game know it is not that easy. I was sitting down and looking at game changer, looking at our stats. Just how close it was. We were down to Treutlen in game 2 three to nothing after losing game one,” said Cheek
But, they won that, and everything else, including this week’s title of Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.