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Frederica Academy is welcoming teams from across the state to St. Simons Island for the Island Classic, which features 13 games over a three day period.

There may still be three games left to play, but Frederica Academy’s baseball team can clinch a region title with a win today over Bulloch Academy or a loss by Pinewood Christian School.

Knights’ coach Greg Roberts said he is not surprised his team is in position to win the GISA Region 2-3A with four regular-season games remaining.

“Our expectations were to win a regional championship,” he said. “I have learned we have a chance to be pretty good.”

After tonight’s game, Frederica goes on the road for the last three games of the regular season. The Knights have region games against Edmond Burke Academy and Pinewood before ending the season in a non-region game against Citizens Christian Academy.

Roberts said the last game was scheduled to keep his team (14-4) sharp going into the playoffs, rather than have the team wait more than a week without a game for post-season play to begin.

“It’s hard to keep them focused, engaged,” he said.

The team’s strengths this season has been its offense and pitching, he said. The team’s weakness is the occasional lapse that allows the opposition to have a big inning.

“Our Achilles heel is getting out of the big inning,” he said. “Usually, it’s a lack of focus.”

The team has plenty of confidence as the post-season approaches, with the ultimate goal of a state championship. Winning a region championship assures Frederica will host playoff games on home turf until the Final Four, if the team is lucky enough to advance that far.

“We teach home pride,” Roberts said. “We don’t lose at home. Our biggest fear is ourselves.”

Two seniors, Turner Jamieson and Eric McCall, have already signed college scholarships to play baseball at the next level, and several other players are also being recruited by colleges, but those players haven’t made a decision yet, Roberts said.

While the regular-season ends with three away games, Roberts said it’s a good way to prepare his players if they go deep into the playoffs.

“To win a state championship, we’re going to have to go on the road,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to win a state championship.”

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