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Super Six 2015:: Chad Smith Honored

Posted: Feb 17, 2015  Reporter: Staff

2015 SUPER SIX BASEBALL: Player bios (Chad Smith)


Chad Smith
School: South Gwinnett
Class: Senior
Position: OF/LHP


• Named third-team All-County by the Daily Post after hitting .320 with two homers, 21 RBIs and seven stolen bases, while going 1-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings on the mound as a junior last spring
• Listed as No. 172 prospect for the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft by
• Named first-team preseason All-American by Perfect Game
• Signed to play college baseball at Georgia
Favorite MLB Player: Robinson Cano
Favorite MLB Team: Atlanta Braves
Best player in Gwinnett Co. that’s not me: Jahmai Jones
Favorite pre-game meal: Eight-count nuggets with fries and large lemonade from Chick-fil-A
Twitter handle: @ChadSmithOT18

Coach Steve Teschner’s take: “He’s a quiet kid that leads by example. He’s got tremendous work ethic. He’s always working on the side and does what he needs to do to be successful. He does everything the right way.”




South baseball pair headed to “Dream Series”
From staff reports

 Jan 9, 2018



South baseball pair headed to “Dream Series”



Two South Gwinnett freshmen are among 60 baseball players from around the nation to be invited to the Second Annual Dream Series beginning next week in Tempe, Ariz.

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Lewis and catcher Andreus Lewis will both participate in the spring training-like camp for high school age pitchers and catchers, who will receive instruction and mentoring from former Major League players, coaches and managers.

In addition to on-field programming, participants will receive daily presentations regarding career opportunities, both on and off the field, during the event, which will run from Thursday through next Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

April 18, 2013 Reporter: Staff

South's McCarthy headed to Piedmont

South Gwinnett's Drew McCarthy will continue his baseball career at Piedmont College, the school announced Wednesday.

The senior second baseman is currently hitting .306 with seven RBIs and 14 runs scored for the Comets, who are just a half-game back of Grayson for the lead in Region 8-AAAAAA.

McCarthy is also hitting .458 with a .581 on-base percentage for South in region play.


Posted: 7:19 PM June 27, 2011 Story ID: 124627694
Brandon Brigman

Rollins won’t play football at Air Force

Kent Rollins

Kent Rollins thought his future was in college football. But after being drafted in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft two weeks ago, the South Gwinnett two-sport standout has decided to change his path.

Rollins intended on enrolling at Air Force this fall, but will now pursue a college baseball career after signing with Auburn last week.

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South’s Suggs commits to Augusta State Baseball

South Gwinnett senior Jamie Suggs has accepted an offer to play college baseball for Augusta State.  He is the son of Steven Suggs and Jennifer Hartmann.  Suggs was recruited as a pitcher and outfielder.

Posted: 6:42 PM Feb 24, 2011
Reporter: From staff reports
Gwinnett Daily Post - Story ID: 116887179

2011 Signing Day

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, the following Students-Athletes signed with the following schools:

Kent Rollins – Air Force Academy

Adrian Ranson – The Citadel

Joe Hillin - Mars Hill




8-AAAAA All- Region Team

Congratulations to the following Comets who were named to the All-Region Team.

Thomas Embry-Pitcher
Kent Rollins-Position Player

Congratulations to our Gwinnett Daily Post

All-County Players!!
All six of our  GDP All-County players will be playing baseball at the next level!
First Team                                    Second Team
    Nick Blount                                  Aaron Jividen             
    Kenny Sanderson                         Brett Teschner
    Pitcher: Sean Handlan               Pitcher:  Kevin Caldwell
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Please Join Us and Congratulate all of our Baseball Signees

Kevin Caldwell - Piedmont College
Kenny Sanderson - South Georgia College
Aaron Jividen-Columbus State University

Congratulations to our most recent Player's Signing to play at the next level!

Kevin Caldwell - Piedmont College
Kenny Sanderson - South Georgia College
 Congratulations to Nick Blount, Brett Teschner and Sean Handlan


on their signing to play baseball at the next level following graduation!
We are proud of all three of you!  GO COMETS!

Posted: Apr 4, 2008  Reporter: Will Hammock

Getting to Know ... Zach Shelnutt

Zach Shelnutt, 25, is in his second season as pitching coach for the baseball team at his alma mater, South Gwinnett, after spending a year coaching ninth-graders at Peachtree Ridge. Shelnutt and his wife Mary Beth, a Providence Christian grad and a teacher at Loganville Christian Academy, are expecting their first child on June 13. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the former Armstrong Atlantic State pitcher and 2000 South grad talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of subjects, ranging from South baseball to nearly being killed by a Brian McCann line drive to Frontier League baseball.

WH: What is it like coming back to coach at your alma mater?

ZS: It's great. Just the facilities we have at South are second to none. It's a comfortable environment. For my first real coaching job, it is a good position to be in.

WH: Are South's pitchers in awe of being taught by a Comet legend?

ZS: I think they appreciate the advice I can give them on the experience and coming from somebody who has been there and done it. The relationships I have with my players are great. I think they listen to me for the most part. I don't know if being an ex-player has anything to do with it though.

WH: What's the biggest lesson you learned in high school baseball that you try to teach your pitchers?

ZS: I guess taking the emotional aspect of pitching out of the game, not getting upset when players behind them make errors. I really focus on the mental aspect of pitching. Obviously we work on mechanics, but I really focus on controlling emotions and controlling the game in the head as much as anything else. That's something (former South) Coach (John) Sawyer always taught me. I would get fired up when someone made an error or when something went wrong. He really stressed not getting upset and letting things go.

WH: What was the best game you ever pitched?

JS: I threw a perfect game in high school, that had to be it. It was against Habersham Central. I felt like crap though. I had the flu. Coach Sawyer was with me in the pen. He told me one of the best games he ever threw was when he didn't feel that great.

WH: What Gwinnett players were toughest for you to retire back then? Who were the best guys you faced?

JS: The McCann brothers. (Jeff) Francoeur. Anybody from Brookwood or Shiloh.

WH: How did you fare against the McCanns and Francoeur?

JS: Francoeur was only a sophomore when I was senior. We beat them 12-2 at their place, they beat us 4-3 at our place or something like that. We went back and forth. Brad, the older (McCann), I'd strike him out twice and then he'd hit a home run or a double off me. Brian almost killed me one time. I always tell my players that. He hit one right back up the middle. It's the only time I ever had a ball hit back at me that I had no reaction to.

WH: You got to play for one of the area's legendary coaches, John Sawyer? What was that like?

ZS: It was great. He dealt with most of the pitchers while he was there. He taught me a lot about the game and about pitching. He was one of the major influences in me being a coach.

WH: He probably taught you a lot more than (Mill Creek assistant and former South coach) Roger Parham, right?

ZS: (Laughing) Coach Parham taught me a lot, too. Both of those guys are great guys, great coaches.

WH: Do you any desires to follow in Coach Sawyer and Coach (Roger) Parham's footsteps and become a head coach one day?

ZS: Yeah, eventually. I just love baseball. I don't want to be pigeonholed into just being a pitching coach even though that is my specialty. I know baseball, I have those baseball instincts. I'm not looking for anything any time soon though. That's down the road.

WH: You played for a season of minor-league ball with the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League? What was that like?

ZS: It was different. The baseball was solid. I tore my labrum, that was right about the time I was still pitching with it and playing with a lot of pain. I wasn't playing as well as I could. And we were going on the road taking six- and seven-hour bus rides every three days. It was life in hotels and with host families. It puts a strain on you. It's not the ideal living situation. It might have been different if I had been healthy and playing the way I wanted to.

WH: Was it a hard decision to give up your playing career (which was ended by shoulder surgery in December 2005)?

ZS: Yeah. The only reason I got the surgery was because I thought I'd be able to play again. I had a tryout with another team in the Frontier League. I thought I'd be back in four or five months. As I research more now about labrum surgeries, most timetables have you back in 12 to 13 months. I was under the impression that I'd be ready in four months. That wasn't the case. (The shoulder) still kills me. I'm rehabbing it right now still. I'm hoping the pain will go away eventually.

WH: What are your long-term goals in baseball? Do think you'll do this until retirement?

ZS: I'll do this as long as I'm having a good time with it. Being around baseball again is something I love. Being around high school guys and helping them mature in the process is great, teaching them stuff I was taught. That's why I'm in it. I'm in it to help people out. I can definitely see myself doing this until retirement. I might want to move into the college ranks down the line. But for right now, I'm really content.


Rams rally for region victory over Comets

By David Friedlander
Staff Writer - Gwinnett Daily Post

LOGANVILLE - Sometimes, the best move a baseball coach makes is the one he doesn't make.

Grayson coach Seth Rhine was originally going to pinch hit for Dereck Lark with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the seventh Wednesday, but changed his mind when he realized his intended substitute would be needed to pitch if the game went into extra innings.

Given the extra chance, Lark made sure that wouldn't be necessary by delivering his third hit of the game to cap a three-run rally and drive in the deciding run in the Rams' 7-6 win over South Gwinnett at Ram Field.
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Atlanta Journal Constitution
Posted: Mar 24, 2004  Reporter: Bill Sanders

Inside Gwinnett Baseball: Q&A: ROGER PARHAM: South aims to produce more runs

South Gwinnett coach Roger Parham recently spoke with staff writer Bill Sanders. Here are excerpts from that interview.

Q: Three weeks into the season, what are you seeing that you most like in your team?

A: Consistent play on defense that has prevented us giving up big innings based on errors.

Q: Conversely, what areas of concern are you seeing?

A: Obviously, our offense has been a concern. We lost a lot this year offensively, but we've got to do a better job of scoring runs when we get runners in scoring position. Pitching, we've done pretty well, but we need to do better on the base-on-balls-to-strikeout ratio.

Q: What goals has your team set for this season?

A: The goal is the same every year: compete for a region championship. If we do that, or don't, then we'll re-evaluate and set other goals.

Q: Which teams scare you the most as Region 8-AAAAA play draws near?

A: All of them.

Q: Which, if any, of your players are being looked at by college or pro scouts?

A: None of them. I wish there were, but there aren't. We'll probably have a couple who sign to play, but right now, no one's beating down the door. That's OK. We don't worry too much about that now. Baseball's a team game.

Q: What off-the-field characteristics are you most proud of in your team?

A: Character. These guys show a lot of it on and off the field. They get along well, too, which isn't necessarily important for a good team, but it helps in the clubhouse.