The Northside Patriots have had their ups and down’s this season but this baseball team has played well when it had to.
Along the way this season, there were big wins against premiere programs like Columbus High and other strong region 1-AAAAA teams.
In fact the Patriots may play in one of the toughest regions in the state and that has helped Northside become a great team.
Just ask the Tift County Blue Devils who were destroyed by Northside 14- 2 in the teams’ regular season finale.
“Before the season, we worked hard in the weight room. We grinded all the season. I’m just really happy with where we are at now,” said senior first baseman Alex Royal
“I feel like we have come together as a team,” said senior pitcher Sam Kyte. “Like our motto: be the first. That brought us together as a family and gave us one goal. I feel it has helped us out a lot.”
“Against Shaw, we played pretty lackadaisical with not much effort. So, we came Saturday, put it on them, and now we’re ready for the playoffs,” said senior outfielder Marcus Eberhart.
Meanwhile the Patriots now get set to host a first round state playoff match-up when they take on Starrs Mill this Friday in a doubleheader that gets underway at 4:00pm.
“They are 21-4, so they have played well all year. You don’t’ get that kind of record and not be a good club. We know we are going to have to play well to win,” said Northside coach Dee Miller.
“We are excited, very excited. Going in there as a one seed, it’s a really good look for us playing a four seed. I think everybody is excited. We are continuing our hard work in practice. We are going to come out there and play Northside baseball,” said senior outfielder Gage Brown.
In the meantime, Coach Miller is hoping the Patriots bats stay hot and that his team represents themselves well as our WRBL Athletes of the Week.