By the time he finishes his senior year at Greenbrier High School, there’s no telling how far along Adam Sasser will be in baseball.
At the end of his sophomore season in 2013, the first baseman/pitcher led the Wolfpack with a .406 batting average, slugging five home runs and driving in 37 runs.
On the mound he went 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA and was the Wolfpack’s Game 1 starter throughout their run to the state Class AAAAA tournament finals.
Sasser has stayed busy since May 25 when he and the Wolfpack played in their second-consecutive Georgia High School Association state championship series. He was one of 20 players selected by coaches to play for the Team Georgia junior team at the Sunbelt Classic Baseball Series in McAlester, Okla., from June 6-11. He also participated in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Georgia Underclassmen Top 100 on June 27 and is playing for the Ohio Warhawks for the majority of the rest of the summer.
“My first goal obviously is to improve for Greenbrier,” Sasser said of his hectic schedule. “That’s where I’m at right now, I still have two more years here. I’m going to live every minute of that trying to get to the state championship again, and the ultimate goal is to win it for once.
‘‘That would be my first goal, and my second goal would probably be to get more looks at the college level and, of course, if you want pro looks, hopefully get a few there.”
Sasser enjoyed his time with Team Georgia and the high level of competition. Like his sophomore year for the Wolfpack, he played first base and pitched.
“It was a really good experience,” Sasser said of the tournament in which no less than 50 major leaguers have played since its inception in 1977. “The talent level was so much better than anything I’ve ever seen. There were 11 teams there including Canada, which was pretty crazy.”
Sasser is no stranger to the Georgia Underclassmen Top 100, which puts players in front of college and professional scouts.
“I went to it last year and it was a really good event,” Sasser said. “Really, anything that the Georgia Dugout club has is a huge thing, a top-notch event. Last year I made the top 40 sophomores and this year I made the top 60 rising sophomores and juniors.”
Playing for the Warhawks out of Springfield, Ohio, is taking baseball to yet another level.
“They get the top amateur ballplayers in their program every year. They get kids from all over the nation,” said Robbie Wachman, the owner of Best Nine Sports Academy and Sasser’s pitching coach since he was 9 years old.
Wachman called Sasser one of the hardest workers he’s ever worked with and said that playing for the Warhawks is a definite honor.
“They travel around, they play in wooden-bat tournaments all over the Midwest and at the end of the year during the fall, they bring the team down to Jupiter, Fla., to play in that tournament, which is probably the most scouted tournament all year,” Wachman said.