GHSA Class AAA baseball state championship series: Four Columbus High Blue Devils working toward familiar ending

Lang, Lester, Phillips, Carter won LLWS together in 2006

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 27, 2012 

The four have been together basically since they were 12-years-old, and they have been very successful on the baseball field, winning state, national, even international championships.

Today could very well be the last time Kyle Carter, JT Phillips, Josh Lester and Ryan Lang are together on a baseball diamond.

The quartet will lead Columbus High into the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state finals today at Ringgold High. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with the second game to follow. If Game 3 is necessary, it would be played at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The four friends and team

mates have won two straight state championships at Columbus High. In 2006, they helped a Northern Little League team to the Little League World Series title.

"This is going to be cool," Lang said. "… We have played together for awhile. We know how each other plays. It is going to be awesome to go out and try and win another state championship with those guys."

Carter said high school has gone by quickly.

"I just thought about that was the last time I will walk through the high school," Carter said Wednesday afternoon. "It's kind of weird. It has happened so fast."

Carter and Phillips have signed to play next season at Georgia. However, both will likely go high enough in next week's Major League Baseball draft that they may forgo their college careers for the pros.

Meanwhile, Lester has signed with Missouri. Lang has not signed to play yet

"Hopefully, we will play against each other in the SEC," Lester said, "and maybe even in pro ball."

Carter said he wants to end his high school career just like he did his Little League one.

"These are our last games putting on that jersey, so we have got to go out and win," he said.

"Like we went out with a win in our last game in Little League, we need to go out with a win in our last game in high school."

If they can accomplish that, it would mean another championship.

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