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A big year for the Sandlin household

Posted: April 29, 2014 - 11:02pm  |  Updated: April 30, 2014 - 12:28am

On Saturday, Georgia College and State University swept The University of Montevallo in a college baseball doubleheader, winning the first game 23-3 and taking the second game 21-7.

Former Greenbrier standout Jake Sandlin played a key role in both wins. For the day, Sandlin went 5 for 7 with a walk, a double, 2 home runs, 6 runs scored and 8 RBI. The two victories improved the Bobcats’ record to 32-12 on the season (16-8 in the difficult Peach Belt Conference) – and it also improved Sandlin’s already solid numbers. For the season, the 5-10, 170-pound redshirt sophomore is hitting .379 with 10 doubles, 4 triples, 5 HR and 48 RBI. He has scored 52 runs in just 43 games, swiped 12 bases, and has an on base percentage of .465. He also has more walks (30) than strikeouts (25). He has been equally effective defensively, where he has made just two errors in 97 chances on the season.

The numbers should come as no surprise. Sandlin earned Second Team All Conference honors a year ago as a freshman, after hitting .311 with a team best nine home runs. He also scored 39 runs, drove in 45, stole 6 bases, and was named to the Peach Belt All Tournament Team. This season, however, Sandlin has been stellar in every facet of the game for the nationally ranked Bobcats.

As good as Jake has been this season, he may be having the second best year in his own family. His younger brother, Nick, has been the talk of the county this year in prep baseball. The junior has burst on the scene as the ace of the Greenbrier staff and has helped carry the ’Pack to a 19-5 mark and a region title.

Obviously, Jake is putting up his numbers versus college competition, but what Nick Sandlin has done this year is nothing short of sensational. Especially when you consider that, coming into the season, he was not even in the discussion when it came to the top players in Columbia County.

Well, he has quickly changed all that, and put his name at the top of the discussions for county player of the year. In what was deemed to be a rebuilding year for the Pack, Sandlin has helped propel Greenbrier to a No. 1 seed in the upcoming state tournament.

With a new head coach and young pitching staff, Greenbrier needed someone to step up, and to say Sandlin has done that would be an understatement.

The junior sidearm pitcher has appeared in 10 games this season, earning 9 wins and 1 save. That’s right, he is 9-0 on the year, including a 3-0 mark versus archrival Evans. Sandlin has also posted a 2.03 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in just 48.1 innings of work.

Opposing hitters are batting just .145 against Sandlin on the season. In all, Sandlin has faced 202 batters on the season and yielded only 25 hits. Think about that. He has faced 202 batters and has 60 strikeouts and given up only 25 hits. Sandlin’s terrific season has not been on the mound alone.

He is also hitting .343 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 16 RBI at the plate. And, like his big brother, Nick has more walks than strikeouts (9 BB / 7 K’s).

Yes, John and Daisy Sandlin have plenty to cheer about this season. Their biggest problem is finding the time, between their sons’ schedules, to catch as many games as possible. That is a pretty good problem to have.

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