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Mustangs whipping into shape with state playoffs on horizon
South Effingham’s Caleb Radcliffe sports an on-base percentage of almost .600. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON — April can present many challenges for high school baseball teams. Teams scratch and claw for a top seed in the state tournaments and, of course, the corresponding home field advantage.

South Effingham is currently 10-8 overall and seemingly on the right track. It is 3-0 in Region 2-AAAAA play following last week’s sweep of Ware County

“We’re doing well,” Mustangs head coach Todd Eubanks said. “We are starting to hit the ball. We are starting to do the little things offensively to compete better. Our pitching is solid.

“Some good things are happening for us.”

Eubanks has reminded his team that what it does from now on is what matters most.

“Our goal going into the year was we wanted to compete within the region and do well,” Eubanks said. “The only thing we did was remind them it’s region play. We are 0-0. Our goal each week is to win the week.”

The Mustangs dropped their first four games of the season but have rebounded strongly.  

“You don’t want to peak too early,” Eubanks said. “We knew our non-region schedule — everybody on our schedule except one team was a state playoff team (in 2018). Region time has started and it has started off well. We’ve competed in every game we’ve played in. 

“We know we are going to be in the thick of things in region play. (We want to be) playing our best ball here at the end. That’s what we want to do.”

Eubanks said several players have contributed to the Mustangs’ five-game win streak

“The team itself, the way we’ve come together each ball game, we’ve had a different person step up,” Eubanks said. “We are not a team of stars. We are team of togetherness. We are a brotherhood. 

“Jakob Valleroy is doing some good things for us. He has an ERA of .78 so he’s not even allowing an earned run a game. Caleb Radcliffe has come on in his senior year and right now his on-base percentage is almost .600.

“As a whole, Dylan Wallace went down with a fractured finger and, because of that, Grayson Spendiff has stepped up and played some short.

Our kids nine through 12 are getting a chance to perform and step in.”