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SEB welcomes Worth County for second round of baseball playoffs
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Southeast Bulloch's Chase Walker, left, beats the tag of Peach County pitcher Brit Davis for a run last week as the Yellow Jackets swept through their first round series in the Class AAA state playoffs. SEB hosts Worth County in the second round. - photo by Associated Press

The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jacket baseball team has a chance at making history Thursday. No Yellow Jacket team has ever advanced to the state quarterfinals. Thursday the Jackets host Worth County in a best of three series, with a shot at making history on the line.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for our team, and something we have listed as a goal all year,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Brandon Peterson. “The kids are well aware that we have never made it past the second round, and I think it has been motivation for how they are playing.”

If momentum has anything to do with it, the Jackets should be in great shape, as they are coming off a sweep of Peach County in round one. The Yellow Jackets scored 25 runs, winning by the run rule in both games. On the mound they allowed only three hits in 10 innings of work, and struck out 12, and in the field they did not commit a single error.

“You throw strikes, play good defense and hit the ball hard, it’s a good recipe for success,” Peterson said. “I was very pleased, and very proud of our guys, but the first round is over and we are ready for round two.”

Not only do the Yellow Jackets go in with momentum, they are also able to host the second round due to their winning the region, something coach Peterson feels is very important.

“We had some early success on the road, but it’s always nice to play at home,” Peterson said. “Being in a familiar place, with a familiar routine is definitely an advantage.”

Thursday’s opponent will be the Worth County Rams, who come into the game with a 20-8 overall record, and were the No. 2 seed out of Region-1. The Rams swept Brantley County 2-1 and 10-4 in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs.

“Our guys know that every step you take forward, the competition gets more difficult,” Peterson said. “We know Worth County won 20 games this year, and plays in a good baseball region. They are battle tested, and we will have to play our best to come out with a victory.”

Southeast Bulloch and Worth County will play the first of their three game series today at 4 p.m. Game two will be approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. If a game three is necessary it will be played Friday at 4 p.m. in Brooklet.