SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Wells to play baseball at ABAC

April 17, 2013 

Wells to play baseball at ABAC

KATHLEEN -- When Veterans High School baseball coach David Coffey put together his fledgling program three years ago, he knew the role of catcher would have to be manned by a team leader and a player capable of working with the pitching staff. Despite possessing only limited experience behind the plate, Micah Wells proved to be the man for the job.

“He’s a student of the game,” Coffey said recently of Wells, now a senior.

On April 10, Wells accepted an offer to continue his education. He signed a letter of intent to baseball while attending school at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Coffey wanted his catcher to be a good athlete with a good arm so the Warhawks could cut down opponent’s running game. Wells displayed those attributes on what is now a 6-3, 190-pound frame. He’s also a dangerous hitter with a good batting eye. He’s hitting over .450 during his season senior and has compiled over 20 walks.

Wells played first base as a member of the 2007 Little League World Series championship team. Classmates Kendall Scott (now at Northside High School) and David Umphreyville (Houston County High School) caught.

“It was never my primary position,” Wells said.

He was eager for the opportunity Coffey presented, however. Catchers have a unique perspective on the game, both literally and figuratively.

“You’re in control of the game,” Wells said. “To get that total game experience is what it means to be a catcher.”

The youngest of three children born to Gina and Mike, Wells plans to study engineering at ABAC as part of the Regents Engineering Program that would then head to Georgia Tech.

Mike Wells is an electrical engineer and Micah said he’s intrigued by what his father does. In addition, Wells said he’s “really into math and science and I’m good at it.”

County track meet results

Sparked by 24 points from freshman Cassondra Hall, the Northside High girls track team won its division of the 2013 Houston County championships. Warner Robins High won the boys title.

Hall won the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She also ran a dazzling second leg of the Eagles’ victorious 400-meter relay team. She finished second to Houston County’s Kiaira Jackson in long jump. Jackson also won triple jump. Megan Asadian of Houston County also doubled, winning both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Toneah Martin and Tia Williams ran winning legs for Northside High in both the 400- and 1600-meter relays.

Houston County High’s girls placed second in the team score. Veterans High finished third.

In the boys division, Warner Robins High muscled to a 23.5 point lead after the field events on the first day of competition and maintained its advantage through the running events on Day Two. Rod Harris (triple jump), Nick Orcutt (pole vault), Nick Wilcox (1600) and DD Wright (100) all won events for the Demons, who also recorded seven seconds.

Malik Broughton of Veterans jumped a national elite height of 6-feet-8-inches in high jump.

Panthers gearing up for stretch run

With five region games left on its schedule when the week began, the Perry baseball team rested in fourth place in 2-AAAA. That final state playoff spot is by no means secure with Mary Persons High School just one game behind. Nor are the Panthers incapable of improving their position; especially now that senior Nick Martens has returned to the lineup.

Martens injured his right knee during the football season. After surgery, he faced the possibility he could miss the entire baseball season. However, his rehabiliation succeeded to the point he is now able to serve as the team’s designated hitter. In his first appearance against Rutland High School on April 9, Martens had two hits. He added three more during the Panthers’ doubleheader sweep of Baldwin High School on Friday.

Martens brings needed punch to the Crossroads. Perry is batting just .256 as a team. Jake Farrell and Dillon Hendrix are the only two regulars hitting over .300.

While he won’t be pitching or playing the field, Martens also brings a needed level of maturity to a Perry High club that starts several underclassmen. It’s a talented group, but the inexperience occasionally produces unforced errors.

The youth presents a challenge to head coach Shawn Masters. The Panthers need to win at least three of their final five games to extend a lengthy streak of consecutive winning seasons in region play. Still, Masters said it’s an enjoyable bunch to coach.

“At the end of the day, I’ve been sleeping good,” he said.

Playoff madness

One might think this were Louisville for all the jockeying occurring over the last several weeks. Now, region derbys come down the stretch for the high school spring sports season.

Over the next seven days, GHSA Region 2-AAAAA (featuring Houston County, Northside and Warner Robins High School) will determine champions in baseball, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field. All those will be decided via playoff. Other local schools for both GHSA and GISA are winding down region schedules in spring sports, as well.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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