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ABAC Baseball Player Named to All District Team

Caleb Slaughter

Caleb Slaughter, the top hitter on the baseball team at ABAC this year, has been selected for the East Central All District Team. He was one of six players from Georgia to make the team, which covers all National Junior College Athletic Association colleges in Georgia and Tennessee.

A freshman outfielder/first baseman from Cochran, Slaughter hit .349 for the Stallions this year. He led the team with 60 hits, scored 35 runs, and collected two doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He knocked in 25 runs and had 13 stolen bases. He had an on base percentage of .412.

“Caleb learned a lot about how to hit college pitching in his freshman season,” ABAC Coach Brandon Reeder said. “He has the tools to be a special player.”

An imposing figure at the plate with his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, Slaughter finished in the top 10 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in batting average, hits, and home runs.

“He became more selective at the plate and attacked the ball more as the season went along,” Reeder said. “I look for him to hit in the middle of our lineup next season and be a league leader in RBIs.

“Caleb doesn’t back down, and it seemed like he was always up to bat with the game on the line. That experience will be good for him in the future as we work toward winning a conference championship next season.”

ABAC Outfielder Named to National Gold Glove Team

Nick HigginbothamNick Nigginbotham from Lake Park has been selected to receive a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his stellar play in center field for the Stallions of ABAC. The award is presented on the national level each year to one player from each position on the field in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association.

One of three outfielders in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association to receive the national award, Higginbotham collected 131 put outs, five assists and participated in two double plays during the 2015 season. The former Lowndes High School standout did not have an error on the year.”It’s a real honor,” Higginbotham said. “For me, it’s really a blessing from the Lord because I didn’t know it was coming. I just go out there every day and compete.”Higginbotham was the captain of the Stallions’ defense, which led the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in fielding percentage. ABAC committed the fewest errors in the league. ABAC Coach Brandon Reeder said Higginbotham’s nickname was “The No Fly Zone.””It was apparent from the moment Nick took the field for the first time that he would have an immediate impact on our program offensively and defensively,” Reeder said. “He is our motor. He brings the energy every day, and he is an exciting player to watch.”

Batting in the lead off position for the Stallions, Higginbotham hit .260 with six doubles and one triple on the year. He had six stolen bases, scored 36 runs, knocked in 20 runs, and rapped out 50 hits. Higginbotham played in all 57 games and had an on base percentage of .385.

“I knew that he would be recognized for his defensive play but I had no idea it would be at the national level,” Reeder said. “To get to work with this kid every day is special. I’ll walk out on the field, and he will be hitting the ball up to himself, putting a glove on, and chasing the ball down. He is a remarkable competitor and itches to get better every day.”

ABAC finished fourth in the league tournament this year after bolting out to a 12-2 start in conference play. Reeder is counting on Higginbotham to be a key to 2016 success as well.

“He is going to be a center piece for next year’s team,” Reeder said. “There are only a handful of players in this league who can impact the game on offense, defense, and running the bases. ‘Higgy’ is one of them. He’s the kind of kid you root for, and he never disappoints you with his effort.”

Higginbotham said he is trying to stay in shape this summer by working on his hitting.

“Offense is a puzzle,” Higginbotham said. “You have to continually piece it together.”

Other members of the Gold Glove Team were Braxton Shetley, a pitcher for Guilford (N.C.) Tech; Trevor Denton, a catcher for Pitt (N.C.); Tanner Foerschler, a first baseman for Kansas City (Kans.); Cole Freeman, a second baseman for Delgado (La.); John Mastrangelo, a third baseman for Harford (Md.); Riley Delgado, a shortstop for Columbia (Tenn.) State; Johnny Balsamo, an outfielder for Dodge City (Kans.); and Chet Niehaus, an outfielder for Alabama Southern.

 
ABAC Players Honored:
Caleb Slaughter selected First Team All-Conference as a Designated Hitter
Jacob Baxter was named to the Second Team as an Infielder
Nick Higginbotham won a Gold Glove as an Outfielder

Message from Coach Reeder: Proud of these guys representing our school in such a positive way. They’re also excellent students! Go Stallions! 

GCAA Tournament
The tournament will be May 6-9 and will be hosted by Darton State College in Albany, GA
The tournament bracket can be seen here
The complete tournament will be webcast by the GCAA Sports Network(powered by JockJive)
here
Complete tournament links can be found hereBaseball 28 pitchingAll the scores and updates can be seen at thegcaa.com and on Twitter @THEGCAA.
 
Wed. 6-May GCAA Tournament
#4 ABAC vs #5 West GA Tech
@ Darton in Albany, GA
Scores & Updates
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12:00 Noon L 5-1
Wed. 6-May GCAA Tournament
ABAC vs GPC
@ Darton in Albany, GA
Scores & Updates
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7:00 PM W 5-2
Fri. 8-May GCAA Tournament @ Darton in Albany, GA
Scores & Updates
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 ABAC CHANGES GAME SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEKEND DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS!  (Updated: 4/21/2015)ABAC Baseball Spring 2015 Action
Coach Reeder announces today the games this weekend have been moved around. Instead of Friday/Saturday, we will play the games Thursday @ 3:30 PM and Doubleheader Friday @ 1:30 PM. This is due to the weather forecast showing 80% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.

 

 

Cooper Mayhall

COOPER MAYHALL has been named Player of the Week

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Baseball player 2015
ABAC Baseball Season in Action!

 

STALLIONS OPEN TODAY AGAINST ST JOHNS RIVER @ 2 PM @ STALLION FIELD

ABAC Baseball begins today January 30, 2015 at Stallion Field.  It’s a big day for our Interim Head Coach, Brandon Reeder and new Assistant Coach, Errick Fox as they take on St. Johns River in a double header beginning at 2:00 PM @ Stallion Field!  GO STALLIONS!

ABAC Athletic Director Alan Kramer announced today that Brandon Reeder will serve as interim head coach for the Stallion Baseball team. Reeder currently serves as the assistant baseball coach. He assumes the duties formerly performed by Robert Morgan, who resigned as head baseball coach November 6. According to Kramer, “ABAC fully supports the baseball program and the players. Reeder is an essential part of the team and we know that he will rise to the occasion and serve the team well during this time of change.” A search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately. Brandon Reeder

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October 30th @ 6:30 p.m. Stallion Baseball Team Played in Costume

Halloween Stallion Baseball Scrimmage

The Stallions baseball team partnered with Ameris Bank for an evening of fun antics for players and spectators! Players and coaches were on the field dressed in costume.