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SEB Baseball prepares for postseason

BROOKLET — Once again the Southeast Bulloch baseball team has blown past its region competition, piling up an impressive 14-0 record. Today the Yellow Jackets open the Class AAA state playoffs as they host the Peach County Trojans in the first two games of a three-game series.

“I feel our season has gone fairly well,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Brandon Peterson. “There have been some high and lows, triumphs and challenges, but lots of teachable moments for sure.

“I don’t think we are excelling in a particular area right now, but I also don’t think any one area has been really bad. It kind of depends on the day.” Peterson said. “The key now is to try to put it all together at the right time.”

The Yellow Jackets cruised right through the region with a perfect record, and while coach Peterson knows that Region 3-AAA isn’t the toughest region, he feels his team is ready for the state playoffs.

“I think we have done as good of a job as we can trying to handle the challenges of our region and preparing for the playoffs,” Peterson said. “We have some very weak teams in our region, but there are also a couple that are pretty good. You mix that in with some non region games, in which we tried to schedule quality teams to prepare ourselves the best we could."

Peach County comes into the game with an overall record of 12-17 and managed a 5-7 mark while battling through a very challenging region. The Trojans come from Region 4-AAA, which includes Pike County, and Jackson, both of whom are ranked in the top 10 of Class AAA.

“We have done our homework on Peach County,” Peterson said. “On paper we feel there are some potentially positive matchups for us, but the game isn’t played on paper. In the end you have to play well and execute, in order to have a chance to be successful, no matter who the other team is.”

The other positive for the Yellow Jackets is that the series is in Brooklet, where Southeast Bulloch is 7-3 on the season.
It also helps that it will be the Trojans who have to make the nearly three-hour drive from Zebulon through Macon and across I-16.

“Playing at home is great,” Peterson said. “Obviously we know the field, and how it plays. Our guys can stay in a normal routine, and hopefully will have a big crowd on hand to cheer us on.”

Game one of the scheduled doubleheader between Southeast Bulloch and Peach County is scheduled for 4:30 Thursday. If the two teams split Thursday, there will be a third and deciding game to take place Friday at 4:30 p.m., once again to be played in Brooklet.