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Trio helps team to wooden bat crown

Posted: August 4, 2012 - 11:07pm
Taylor Glover, Christian Hill and Clint Hardy played key roles in Team Georgia Baseball Academy's 17U team winning the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18U Wooden Bat World Series championship in Charleston, S.C.          Special Photo
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Taylor Glover, Christian Hill and Clint Hardy played key roles in Team Georgia Baseball Academy's 17U team winning the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18U Wooden Bat World Series championship in Charleston, S.C.

A long season of baseball came to a successful conclusion for three Greenbrier High School players July 26.

After Greenbrier’s season ended, Taylor Glover, Clint Hardy and Christian Hill had about a week off before they started playing for Team Baseball Academy’s 17U squad. They capped the summer season by winning the Continental Amateur Baseball Association’s 18U Wooden Bat World Series in Charleston, S.C.

“It was a lot,” said Hill, who added that this was his fourth travel ball World Series win. “Right now I’m physically drained. It was fun though.”

Each played a key role in the team’s success in the six-day, nine-game tournament, beating teams from across the country in the process. In the championship game, which they won 2-1, Hill came on in relief in the fifth inning with two on and one out and kept the South Carolina Diamond Devils from scoring.

In the seventh inning, Team Georgia trailed 1-0, but tied it up and had a man on third with no outs. The Diamond Devils walked the bases loaded, and Glover responded by hitting the game-winning single.

It didn’t affect Glover in his final at-bat, but the change to the wood bat for the tournament was something that the players had to get used to.

“It’s a huge difference,” said Glover. “You can just tell by all the balls you hit, some balls that would be a hit with metal aren’t a hit with wood.”

Hardy, who was an outfielder for Greenbrier, manned third base and received a Gold Glove for his stellar efforts. He had played the hot corner before, but a strained ligament in his arm curtailed that for a bit.

“I hadn’t played third base in a long time because of my arm, and getting a Gold Glove made it better,” said Hardy.

While it was a long summer of baseball, the trio playing together was nothing new.

“It was great,” Glover said. “I grew up playing with Clint and Christian. We’ve played together since, I think, we were 11. I’ve always been playing with them and I love playing with them.”

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