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Athlete Spotlight-Austin Robinson

Posted: February 27, 2013 - 12:17am
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Greenbrier pitcher Austin Robinson
Photo by Jim Blaylock Greenbrier pitcher Austin Robinson

As a junior, Austin Robinson was a big part of Greenbrier High School’s region baseball championship and run to the state championship series in 2012. This year, as a senior, Robinson will be a main cog in the Wolfpack’s starting rotation.

Greenbrier head coach Chris Wilkins first put Robinson on the mound as a sophomore after an injury to a senior starter.

“We just threw Austin out there as a sophomore, wet behind the ears, didn’t know what we were going to get,” said Wilkins.

What they got was a 9-2 record from Robinson, whose only two losses were to South Effingham’s J.B. Wendelken, who was selected in the 13th round of the 2012 draft by the Boston Red Sox.

“We could have won both of those games,” said Robinson. “We had a chance.”

Robinson was even better his junior year. He finished with a team-best 11-1 record with a 2.93 earned run average, leading the team in innings pitched, and was second on the squad with 62 strikeouts.

He won against Loganville in the second game of the best-of-three state championship series, striking out four. The team’s ultimate loss in the series is something he doesn’t want to have happen this year.

“We don’t want that feeling again,” Robinson said. “Coach (David) Barnes said it earlier in the year: We have unfinished business. We want to finish the drill this year.”

He downplays his role as possibly being the No. 1 pitcher on the team, instead giving recognition to Christian Hill, Tim Powell, Adam Sasser and Adam Grice. That self-deprecation belies his aggressive style on the mound.

“I try to go right after them,” he said. “Get the first three and go hit. I don’t like putting people on. I don’t like people getting on.”

Playing college baseball is something Robinson would like to do, but isn’t taking the route a lot of players do with travel ball. Instead, he just plays summer ball with the Wolfpack.

“I used to play travel ball, but not recently,” said the tall right-hander. “Talking with Coach Wilkins, he said schools are looking at me and not to worry about it, because it will come sooner or later.”

If he could play at Georgia he would, but there are other places he is thinking about.

“Georgia Southern would probably be where I really want to play,” he said. “Savannah State is another big school I would consider.”

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