The AAA All-State baseball team was recently announced by the Georgia Dugout Club with Morgan County being well-represented. Six Bulldogs made the prestigious list with Hunter Lane and Ethan Stamps making the grade for first-team honors. This is the first time in Morgan County baseball history that two players have made the first team in the same season. Others to be named were Jaron Ferguson, Trey Patterson, Jacob Anderson, and Grant Cofer. Ferguson and Patterson made the second team while Anderson and Cofer got the nod for honorable mention.
MOCO finished up a season to remember with a run to the Final Four that made history. It was a magical season for Coach Merritt Ainslie’s squad. Not since 1980 had a Bulldog team advanced to the semi-finals. Morgan fell to the Lovett Lions who eventually went on to defeat Westminster for the AAA State Championship. Morgan advanced by defeating East Rome, Pace Academy, and Pike County before losing to Lovett. These six players carried the load for the Dogs this season and in the playoffs.
Lane and Stamps got their nominations on the strength of their pitching arms, play in the field, and prowess at the plate. Lane was a mainstay at third base when not pitching, and Stamps was superior as a middle infielder who mainly played shortstop. Ferguson was a terror on the base paths as well as roaming centerfield with the best, and Patterson settled in as the starting catcher. Runners learned quickly not to run against his arm. Both players had monster years at the plate for the Dogs. Anderson became the third pitcher this season in the rotation. His fastball baffled hitters during the team’s run to the Final Four. That same arm was not one to run on from his right field position when he wasn’t on the mound. His clutch hitting was a big part of the Bulldogs’ playoff run. The big fella at first base was Cofer. His fielding, power at the plate, and leadership helped the Dogs to their finest season in 38 years.
The Dogs will surely miss seniors Coffer and Patterson, but will get to enjoy another season from the other four. The Bulldog pitching staff of Lane, Stamps, and Anderson remains intact along with Ferguson in center as a solid core of returning players for 2019. It seems the Bulldogs will be poised to make another run in the Region and State Playoffs, but will have to contend with Jefferson; a team that won the AAAA State Championship this year. They will be coming back into Region 8-AAA next year to face a very good Morgan County Bulldog team.
Congratulations to all the players that have been honored. We can’t wait to see what happens next year.