Eagles ready for quot;Long Haulquot;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2000

to Leroy for playoffs


Sports Writer

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GHS head coach Chad Dube called it the ‘long haul.’

For his team that could mean about eight or 10 hours spent on the road today, as Goshen makes the trek to and from Leroy, Alabama, a little town just inside Washington County. Go a bit further, say the distance from Troy to Montgomery, and the Eagles would be playing in Mississippi.

"They’re so far away we don’t know much about them," said Dube about Goshen’s first round opponent, the Leroy Bears, in the AHSAA state playoffs. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00pm.

Dube said that what he did know about the Bears was minimal.

"We know that they’re pretty solid around the infield and that they have good pitching," he said.

The Eagles have been without several starters in the past couple of games due to various reasons, but Dube said that senior out fielder Lionel Potts and sophomore outfielder Dee Brundidge would rejoin the team for the trip to Leroy.

At over 6-foot and 240-pounds, Potts is one of the Eagles top power hitters and Brundidge, the speedster, is a threat to score every time he gets on base.

"We’re just going to field the best nine players we have available and go out there and have fun," said Dube.

Dube said that he would probably open with Brandon Nicholson on the mound, but would be quick to bring in freshman Brandon Hooks if things weren’t going so well for Nicholson.

Many feel that the Eagles season will be over after today, but Dube feels that his young squad has as good of a chance as anybody.

"In the game of baseball anything can happen," he said. "These guys are just excited to have the opportunity to play."