Friday was the early signing period for spring sports and, as usual, Columbia County had several baseball players sign college scholarships. Former Evans and Georgia Southern standout Michael Holder came down from North Georgia and will have a couple of Columbia County kids playing for him in Dahlonega in 2014-15.
Also, it appears the new coaching staff at GRU hit the ground running. On the day coach Jason Eller was hired at GRU he was quick to point out how familiar he was with Columbia County baseball and that he was making the county a focus for his staff in recruiting. He was not lying.
And, once again, we have a player headed to play at Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah. The Pirates signed Clayton Miller of Lakeside a few years ago and he has paid huge dividends. They are hoping Chandler Corley will do the same.
Finally, the pipeline from Columbia County to Statesboro, which started with former Evans star Todd Greene in 1989, is still intact. Last year, the Eagles’ top two players were Greenbrier products, Ben Morgan and T.D. Davis. Another former Greenbrier standout will suit up for the Eagles in 2014-15.
Here is a look at the early baseball signees from Columbia County:
Spencer Duffie (Greenbrier / Middle Georgia J.C.) Signed with Georgia Southern
Duffie turned heads at Greenbrier in 2011 when he hit .411 as a junior. He hit .327 as a senior and was named first team all-region as he helped carry the Pack to the state championship series. He will play for Middle Georgia this Spring.
Brice Harrison (Evans Catcher/Pitcher) Signed with North Georgia
Harrison has been a catcher, but he began pitching in recent months. He will be heading to North Georgia to play for another Evans Knight in assistant coach Michael Holder. Harrison has been clocked in the mid- 80s and has a great baseball I.Q. from his years behind the plate.
Connor Hoover (Greenbrier / Shortstop) Signed with North Georgia
Hoover will join Harrison in Dahlonega in 2014-15. He had a tremendous junior season for the Pack. He helped guide them to their second consecutive state runner-up finish. Hoover was outstanding with the glove and hit .343 with a county best 43 runs scored.
Chandler Corley (Lakeside / SS) Armstrong Atlantic State
Corley came on strong in the summer of 2012, and that solid play carried over into his junior campaign for the Panthers. Corley earned first team all-county honors as he hit .384 and helped lead LHS to a Region Title.