Decatur High baseball hosting state tournament playoff game

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 26, 2017

Front row left to right Alex Glier, Jordan Hull, Keenan Howard, Pete Sass, Zaylen McCoy
Top row left to right Ryan Lewis, Mitchell Smith, James Huey, Darius Lucas
Photo provided by Ray Glier

For the first time in 66 years, the Decatur High baseball team is hosting a state tournament playoff game, according to Ray Glier, a parent of one of the players.

“We have room on our bandwagon with the Decatur High School baseball team,” Glier said. “Grab on.”

Glier said the last time DHS hosted a playoff game was 1951.

“The historic game is Friday at 5 p.m. at McKoy Park and there is a BOGO,” he said. “For $10 you get Game 1, and then, for free, you get Game 2 of a best-of-three series with Walnut Grove High School. Game 2 on Friday is set for 7 p.m.

“If we split with these guys from Loganville, Game 3 is Saturday at McKoy at 1 p.m.”

Here’s more information, from Glier:

Why should you come? This is going to be a truly civic event. Us vs. Them. We are four square miles of parents and kids and neighbors, a real community of sports. Most of these high schools in Georgia bring in transfers and puff up their winning percentage with student-athletes that do not live in the district.

We are homegrown here. You know these kids on the team. They live right next door to you.

It will be nice outside…and you should have pride in your local team. The Bulldogs won Region 6 Class 5A with a 19-2 record. We are 22-8 overall.

The field at McKoy sits down between two banks and is a nice little venue. The city of Decatur just renovated the concession stands and bathrooms. We will sell hot dogs and sugary drinks, and popcorn and candy.

This isn’t staid Major League Baseball where the church mouse can sleep comfortably under the bench. This is raucous high school baseball where the other team shouts and yells and pounds the fence of their dugout to try and disrupt our pitcher.

We do it right back.

Go to Happy Hour in Oakhurst then walk up the street to the ballpark. It is going to be tense, but a lot of fun for five hours.

Us vs. Them. Come help us win the biggest game in DHS baseball history in more than six decades.

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