This spring Billy Ramsey, a former baseball player for Mt. Zion and a native of Fairfield County, has had a lot to cheer
His grandson, James Ramsey, plays right field for the Florida State Seminoles and a gamble of returning for his senior season had paid off. James Ramsey finally made it to the College World Series.
Ramsey leads the team in batting average .364 slugging percentage .580, on base percentage .455, is tied for the lead in runs scored with 58, and leads the team in hits with 91.
For the season he has 10 home runs with 11 stolen bases, thus far.
He has driven in 67 runs and started in 65 games. He is a team captain and was a first team preseason All-American.
He is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and a five-time member of the dean’s list in Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
He was named to the president’s list twice in the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 for his finance major.
A senior from Alphretta, Ga., James Ramsey was the 23rd pick of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
He continues the family tradition of playing sports at FSU.
James’ father, Craig Ramsey, who was born in Winnsboro, played catcher at FSU and James’ mother, Mary Ramsey, played tennis there. Craig Ramsey also was a member of the 1980 FSU College World Series team.
Billy was born in Fairfield County, though he now lives in Gainesville, Ga. He is thankful he got the chance to play baseball
in Fairfield County for Mt. Zion while growing up and that he could pass along his love of the game to his son and grandson.
His grandmother, Lynneve Ramsey was a cheerleader there and she continues to cheer for baseball games today, albeit for her grandson.
She and Billy Ramsey had hoped to go to Omaha to watch the series, but health problems prevented Billy Ramsey from making the trip.
This was the first year he missed a game that James Ramsey played in, but Lynneve Ramsey holds out hope she may be able to attend the College World Series if FSU makes it to the national championship.
The Seminoles played Arizona last night in an elimination game in the College World Series.
The rematch pitted the ’Noles against the team that has handed them their one loss in Omaha this spring.