Mariners: Pee Wee Baseball Champions


“Just One More Time!” This simple motto led the Pee Wee baseball team, the Mariners, to winning their baseball bracket. Erk Russell, a legendary football coach at Georgia Southern, created this motto, which is still said today for football games at Georgia Southern. Coach Russell would usually say this motto during playoff games since the players were trying to beat their opponent to play “one more time” until the championship.

Keeping this motto in mind during the regular season, the Mariners’s players hit coach-pitch well and played great defense. In the three playoff games, only eight runs in total were scored against the Mariners. Additionally, the players pitched for six innings during the playoff games and only allowed one run. Their final game against the Red Sox took place at Pickneyville Park in Norcross, GA. Their hard work throughout the season paid off when the Mariners defeated the Red Sox 8-3, making the Mariners the champions of bracket 2. This championship was a great end to the Mariner’s baseball season, and the players are excited to return in the spring to play.

Go Mariners! One More Time!


Picture Caption:

Front Row, left to right:  Justin Dipietro, Jones Deems, Grayson McCollum, Stephen Gagnier, Leo Tartaglione

Second Row, left to right:  Shawn Simmons, Andrew Minor, John Barcena, Faustina Barcena, Jack Whitlaw

Back Row, left to right:  Coaches:  David Whitlaw, David McCollum, Jason Deems, Mike Simmons & William Barcena

Kara Jones
Kara Jones is a North Gwinnett High School senior. She is an officer of National English Honor Society and the author of the novel Heavensent. In the spring, she also plays Varsity Lacrosse.

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