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All-star game will have local presence
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The annual Georgia Dugout Club all-star weekend will have a definite Effingham County touch to it.

The games will be held June 1-2 at Historic Golden Park in Columbus, and the Southeast team’s dugout will have a strong Effingham presence. In addition to Effingham County High School head coach Brett Griffin and South Effingham High School head coach Ron Womack on the Southeast staff, Effingham County Recreation and Parks director Clarence Morgan will serve as an honorary coach.

"Clarence is a great guy who does so much for baseball in our community," Griffin said. "People don’t realize all the things he’s done. For the Georgia Dugout Club to honor him in this way is a remarkable thing."

In addition to serving as the ECRP director for the last 11 years, Morgan coached and taught in Effingham schools for 30 years.

"It’s going to be a fun weekend," Griffin said. "Maybe he can teach us a thing or two. He’s been around baseball a long time. I’m glad we got the opportunity to do this together. I’m excited to be a part of it with him."

Spencer Harvey and Tony Hunter, who graduated last week from South Effingham, will be on the Southeast team roster. The Northeast team includes Clemson signee Lucas Sims, a pitcher/shorstop/outfielder from Brookwood who has been ranked the No. 29 prospect in the nation by Baseball America. Also on the Northeast roster is Parkview’s Matt Olson, a pitcher-first baseman who has signed with Vanderbilt and is Baseball America’s No. 96 prospect nationally.