MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County High's Adam Anderson will continue his baseball career at South Georgia College in Douglas next season.

The former infielder moved to left field for the 2002 season and helped the Packers post a 20-7 record, tie for the Region 1-AAAAA championship and reach the state playoffs.

Anderson batted second in the lineup for the Packers and hit .250 with 13 runs batted in.

His biggest hit came on April 16 when his grand slam helped give the Packers a 13-3 victory over Tift County, ending a four-game losing streak.

Anderson had been a second baseman much of his career before moving to the outfield last summer. He turned into an excellent defensive player and was the team's best bunter.

"We would expect Adam to compete for an outfield spot," South Georgia head coach Scott Sims said this week.

"But also, we know that he has played a lot of different positions, so he could play anywhere we need him."

Sims said he expects Anderson to continue to improve.

"We think he has a lot of upside to him as he has made a lot of improvement and growth in the last year," Sims said. "If he can do that over the two years he is here, he can become an outstanding junior college player."

Anderson did not become a full-time starter until this season after batting just 39 times as a senior.

But he was selected as an alternate for the Georgia Dugout Club/Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's All-Star tournament and then joined the team when another player was unable to take part.

"It will take his hard work to add strength and improve his baseball skills," Sims said. "He has shown a strong work ethic, so we think Adam has an excellent chance to accomplish this."

South Georgia finished fourth in Region 17 last season and will have 17 players returning next spring.

"Those players, along with the new players we have coming in ... we feel we should be able to improve on that finish and compete for the region title.

"Our schedule will once again be very competitive and will include some of the top juco teams in the United States."

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