Cougars have impressive start

Published 12:52 pm Friday, April 1, 2011

ANDERSON BAILEY of the Grace Christian Academy Cougars lays down a bunt against Open Bible Christian School of Valdosta.

The Grace Christian Academy Cougars baseball team has posted an impressive 5-2 record through their first seven games.

The lineup, led by seniors T.J. Carlisle and Taylor McDonald, freshman Grant McDonald and eighth-grader Bo Bailey, has put a lot of runs on the scoreboard, athletic director Steve Murr said

Bailey leads the team in home runs with four, while Taylor and Grant McDonald and Carlisle are all hitting over .400.

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Taylor McDonald leads a strong Cougars’ pitching staff, which also includes freshman Jordan Davis, Grant McDonald and eighth-grader Anderson Bailey. All of the pitchers throw strikes and let the defense do its job, Murr said.

The Cougars are quite young and they have seen major contributions from underclassmen as well as the juniors and seniors on the roster.

Kyle Harris and Brent Warr have done a stellar defensive job in left and right field. Carlisle and Anderson Bailey alternate between center field and first base, Murr said.

Jim Whitehead has played a very steady second base and helps anchor the infield along with Grant McDonald at third base and Taylor McDonald at shortstop.