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SEB to host full day of softball

SEB Diamond Day
Today, beginning at 9 a.m.
    Southeast Bulloch
    St. Vincents
    Dodge County
All games will be played at Brooklet Recreation Department

    BROOKLET — Most softball tournaments are scheduled for the preseason or for the region and state competitions, but down in Brooklet, an annual midseason tradition is about to renew itself.
    Beginning this morning and running throughout the day, Southeast Bulloch will be hosting its annual Diamond Day — a softball event that continues to draw quality competition from around the area.
    “We always look forward to this,” SEB coach Aimee Civalier said. “We get a lot of quality competition out of our Diamond Day, and we’re glad to always have a good turnout.”
    The Lady Yellow Jackets (13-5, 8-0 Region 1-AAA) will play three games today. SEB will take on St. Vincent’s, as well as region rivals from Dodge County and Jenkins of Savannah.
    Playing three games in a day will test the depth and stamina of the Jackets, but that is exactly how Civalier wants it to be.
    With the regular season in its home stretch and postseason tournaments just around the corner, SEB is looking forward to a tough test to prepare it for its most important games of the year.
    “Our region is doing a double-elimination format this season,” Civalier said. “Anyone who loses early will have to play plenty of games in a short period. If that happens to us, we want to know that our pitching and hitting is tested.”
    For the Yellow Jackets, today’s games also will serve as a step up in competition.
    In the new region setup, SEB has been subdivided into a group of schools that don’t figure to compete for a state playoff berth.
    While that situation improves the Jackets’ chances of entering the region tournament with a high seed and ultimately moving on to state competition, it hasn’t done much to get the Jackets prepared for the level of intensity required to succeed in the postseason.
    Following a hard-fought loss to Tattnall County — another rival on the other side of the region — Thursday evening, SEB is ready to step up its game.
    “That’s a big part of why we want to do this every year,” Civalier said. “We tell the girls about what it takes to beat good teams. This is a chance for them to see a lot of good teams all at once.
    “It’s also a chance for me to see how we respond. I hope we play a few good games and head into the rest of the season knowing what it’s going to take to play well in region and state.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.