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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga - - One would think a high school program that produced a successful major leaguer like Brandon Phillips of the Reds would be highlighted on a prep baseball map.

But the Redan Raiders remain somewhat under the radar in the Atlanta area. Maybe it's because their players who wish to play travel ball at a high level travel to East Cobb in the summer. Then there's the fact that football and basketball seem to be more popular in predominantly African American communities.

Whatever the reason the coaches and players just work at it, and they win a lot. On Monday they split a doubleheader with Troup County, and play Tuesday at 5 for a trip to the state championship round against Marist, a private school in Dekalb County.

This season adversity struck in the form of a heart attack suffered by coach Marvin Pruitt. Yet as school principal Greg Goodwin says "our passion for baseball is high", and they've carried on. Shortstop Wesley Jones figures to be drafted in the MLB draft next month. But for now, the state playoffs are on their plate with top priority.

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