MOULTRIE -- The watershed seasons in Colquitt County High baseball history are 1997 and 2003, the years the Packers won the state baseball championships.

The Packers had some credible teams between those years and some exceptional players.

One of those players was Ty Megahee and he still can't get over the fact that never got to experience a state championship.

"All I ever wanted was a ring," says Megahee, who is closing out a fine collegiate baseball career at Mercer University this month. I never got one. But that's how it goes."

But even though the former Packer did play not on a championship team at Colquitt County, Darton College or, it appears, at Mercer, his baseball days are not over.

Megahee has been awarded the Barry A. Myers Endowment, an award presented to a Mercer fifth-year senior and will allow the young infielder to work as student assistant for the Bears next year.

"I lobbied for it," Megahee said recently. "It's something nice to put on your resume."

And Megahee hopes to someday send out that resume to head baseball coaches, perhaps on the college level.

Megahee is working on a degree in education and has another year of school. He will do his student teaching next spring.

"I think I'd like to coach at the college level," he said.

His resume also will include an entry that shows he earned the Doyle E. Watson Baseball Leadership Award this year.

The award is voted on by the players and goes to the Mercer senior who displays outstanding leadership qualities.

For winning the award, his name will be inscribed on a plaque with the other winners.

One of those was another former Packer Bucky Goff, who played at Mercer in the early 1990s.

Megahee became a fixture for Packers coach Jerry Croft when he was a sophomore, hitting .318 and driving in 13 runs and appearing in a team-high 12 games on the mound, posting a 1-3 record and a 4.16 ERA.

The following year, Megahee batted .291 with 14 RBIs, five doubles and a triple and went 5-2 on the mound.

Megahee came into his own as a senior, hitting .438 with eight doubles for the 13-15 Packers. He also went 6-2 with a 3.06 ERA on the mound and earned a chance to play at Darton College.

After two seasons with Cavaliers, he signed with Mercer where he has played the last two seasons.

This year, Megahee started at shortstop at the beginning of the season, struggled for a while, but got his starting position back during a strong performance in a series at Stetson.

Mercer is off this weekend, but Megahee will take a .287 batting average into the final final two series of the regular season.

The Bears (26-22 overall and 10-14 in the Atlantic Sun Conference) must sweep their remaining games to qualify for the tournament, Megahee said.

Megahee has joined an impressive list of former Colquitt County players who gave gone on to Mercer, including Goff, Jon Buckner, Muzzy Jackson, Matt Parker and Alton Kersey. Moultrie's Ed Creech also is a former Bear.

And while he has enjoyed his career in Macon, Megahee has one regret.

"I just wish we had won a few more games," he said.

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