With Friday night’s baseball game against Harlem High School rained out, Greenbrier’s Clint Hardy and Adam Grice were able to take time to enjoy themselves at their letter of intent signing ceremony.
Hardy, centerfielder for the Wolfpack, signed with Division I Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky., while Grice, the team’s first baseman and closer, signed with Division II Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
“It’s not an accident that these two guys who have worked really hard for us over four years are signing scholarships to play at very good programs,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins. “We’re very excited for both of them.”
Hardy had been looking at other schools but sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm the summer before the 2012 season.
“I was talking to Auburn for a little while but I had the arm troubles, so Western Kentucky was the main team I kept talking to,” Hardy said.
Hardy came back from the injury and played in 28 of the team’s 36 games, batting .484. He received All-Region 2-AAAA honorable mention and was named to the 2012 All-County team.
Western Kentucky, which plays in the Sun Belt Conference, had a few things that interested Hardy.
“I had been talking to them over the summer, and then I went and visited and they had a really nice campus,” Hardy said. “He (head coach Matt Myers) told me that I could be starting my first year if I worked at it. He said it was a real possibility.”
The Hilltoppers also impressed his father, Clint.
“The president of the school introduced himself to Clint,” said the elder Hardy. “How many schools are there where the president introduces himself to a baseball recruit?”
Selecting the Peach Belt school in Milledgeville didn’t take Grice long.
“I looked all summer and I ended up committing in September,” said Grice, who also had an offer from Francis Marion and had been talking to UNC Charlotte. “I really liked the campus there and it’s closer to home, and I know some people down there too.”
A submarine-style closer, Grice recorded seven saves and was 2-1 on the mound for the Wolfpack in 2012. Georgia College head coach Tom Carty likes what he sees in Grice.
“Adam is another unconventional pitcher who throws from the submarine slot and will be very effective because of his ability to throw strikes with two pitches from down under,” he wrote on the team’s Web site. “He comes from a very good high school program that has produced other Georgia College alumnus.”
In 2012, Grice was an All-County infielder, batting .336 with 30 RBI. He’ll just be a pitcher for the Bobcats, which was OK with him.
“I think that’ll be easier because I’ll get more time pitching in practice and stuff so I’ll be able to control the ball better,” he said.