The Lions opened up strong winning the Villa Rica Wildcat Invitational, made it to the championship game of the Haralson County Rebel Invitational — which was rained out — lost in the semifinals at Mt. Zion and played for the Shootout title. Pretty good work for a team that lost almost a roster full of seniors.
“I’m very proud of the effort from our guys. Not knowing what to expect coming into the summer losing 12 seniors. It was kind of a learning experience for me and for the guys too, not knowing exactly what we were going to be up against. I think we’ve grown up a lot over the summer and kind of felt each other out as far as what kind of a team we’ll be next year,” Central coach Wesley Shiver said.
Wayne County ended up taking the Shootout title after defeating Haralson County in the semifinal and knocking off the hosts 10-1 in the championship game.
The summer isn’t over yet for the Lions, however. This week Central heads to the Milton Invitational in Alpharettawhere Shiver and his staff will take a different approach than they have the rest of the summer. During the first four tournaments substitutions were regular, this time it will look more like a regular season game.
“We may approach it a little bit differently. We’re going to be missing some guys and we may try to run a lineup out there for a complete game and flip the lineup for the next game. We may give the guys some extra time in the games this week just to see how things go. That’s kind of our plan. Let some kids play the whole game and see how they respond to that,” Shiver said.
Overall Shiver has been pleased with the way the summer has gone, now that it’s almost over the focus shifts to the rest of the offseason routine as preparations for the 2013 season continue.
“I think the tournaments all served their purpose and hopefully we can continue do build on that with our offseason workouts,” Shiver said.