GUYTON — Todd Eubanks is living the dream.
The head coach of the South Effingham baseball team will serve as the head coach of Team Georgia, a prestigious squad that boasts the state’s best players.
“I coached in the Georgia High School All Star Series and then Don Corr who is the organizer of Team Georgia asked me to come on as a coach,” Eubanks said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.”
And although he’s enjoying developing talent for next year’s team at South Effingham, representing the state of Georgia and its finest players in the Sunbelt Classic is nothing short of an honor.
“I enjoy it,” Eubanks said. “There are several kids that have played for us that are playing Major League Baseball right now. We got to spend a week with them.
“You make lifelong friends.”
The group consists of the top 20 juniors and a handful of sophomores that will travel to McAlester, Okla., for a weeklong tournament that starts Friday. The selection process in the Peach State is stiff as candidates must have some form of recommendation from college or high school coaches.
“It’s a true high school all-star jam,” Eubanks said. “It’s the best of the best from each state. You go out there and it’s a week of showing off which state has the best high school competition.”
The Sunbelt Classic originated in 1977 as an all star between the states of Oklahoma and California. The first series was played in Tulsa, Okla., and the series alternated between the two states for the first 10 years.
Area players that will compete for Team Georgia include Carter Holton (Benedictine), Kyle Hilton (Savannah Christian) and Mikal Mascarello (Statesboro).