Morgan, Tuscaloosa meet for region title

Published 8:07 pm Friday, April 22, 2011

Morgan Academy’s baseball team may have started the season slow, but they ended with on fire and will face Tuscaloosa Academy for the title of region champion Saturday at 11 a.m. at Morgan.

The Senators (16-5, 6-0) have been playing well over the last month of the season, finishing undefeated in region play and have already defeated the Knights twice during the regular season.

“They (the players) have done a good job staying focused,” Morgan head coach Bob Taylor said. “I think they are all excited about it. We have been trying to let them get a lot of cuts early in the day with the AISA track meet this week.”

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While the region win is important for home field advantage, it will not be the last game either team plays.

“The saving grace during this is you are still in the playoffs,” Taylor said. “We are playing a home game against someone next week regardless if we win or lose. So that takes a little bit of the pressure off, but it’s still a big deal because a win gives you home field advantage throughout the playoffs.”

In the practices that have been leading up to the games, Morgan coaches have focused on keeping their players loose and sharp.

“You try to keep (practice) as fun as possible,” said Taylor. “You just want to work on keeping focused during the game. Baseball is just about getting in front of the ball and getting key hits.”

If the Senators win Saturday, they will play the winner of Lee-Scott Academy and Macon-East Academy. A loss will see them host Monroe Academy, with both possible games on Thursday.

“This is a good opportunity for these guys,” Taylor said. “Win or lose, they have all done a great job setting the standard of what we want to do here at Morgan in the future.”