Baseball has always been the sport of choice for Greenbrier High School senior Taylor Glover.
“I just played a little bit of basketball, I was awful,” he said. “Then I played football when I was in middle school. I got my sports mixed up. I hit people a little too hard in basketball.”
He has stood out in baseball, especially at Greenbrier. An All-County catcher the past two seasons along with an All-Region nod last year, Glover topped that when he was voted the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA player of the year.
“I’d have to go back through Greenbrier history, there haven’t been very many players who have started all four years, and he’s done that,” said head baseball coach Chris Wilkins. “That says volumes about him. Great players, there’s always something about them that kind of gives them that edge; with him it’s definitely a work ethic.”
That showed in the first round of the state tournament as Glover came back from a bout of mononucleosis and caught three games in two days while not at full strength.
“I just had to fight through it, not whine about it or mope about it ’cause that wasn’t going to help anything and just try to be there for my teammates,” Glover said. “I felt like they needed me there on the field.”
The love of baseball and his competitive spirit started early.
“I remember I was probably about 3,” Glover said. “We have a cage at my house and we had a little T-ball setup and I’d hit it and run around the bases in the cage and then slide and raise sin if they called me out.”
Family has also had a major influence on him. His father Dean was a baseball coach at Butler and Lakeside high schools and his sisters Kristan and Amanda were part of the 35-1 Greenbrier softball team that won a state title in 2004.
“I just feel like I’m kind of following in their footsteps ’cause I feel like they have a legacy here, and I’d like to leave one here for me as well,” he said.
Glover has been close to equaling his sisters’ achievement as the Wolfpack were state runners-up in 2012 and are in the state finals again this year.
Catcher has been his position of choice since age 12. “I’m a little too slow to play anywhere else,” Glover said. “I’m not too good on my feet. I’ll stick back there where I can hide my speed a little.”
As the defensive leader, Glover mentally separates his game. “If I have a bad at-bat, you can’t carry it on the field and make it change the way you play because I feel like catchers have to be real sound behind the plate, they have to be the smartest guy on the field and one of the hardest workers on the field.”
Glover prefers to let his actions speak for themselves.
“I’m kind of a quiet guy. On the field when I need to say something I do,” he said. “But other than that I’m quiet and try to lead by example.”
Where will all his baseball experience lead him? Glover isn’t sure yet.
“I’ve talked to a bunch of colleges, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’ve been struggling with that a little bit lately. I haven’t really made up my mind with everything right now.”