Well, it is not often that Columbia County has only one school to cheer for in the second round of the GHSA state baseball playoffs.
However, with opening round series losses from Evans, Lakeside, and Harlem, that is the case in 2014. The Pack got a scare from a difficult four seed in Union Grove, but won the series in three games and now move on to face Richmond Hill in Round Two beginning this afternoon.
This will be a hotly contested series after last year’s controversy. The two met a year ago in the opening round, with Greenbrier coming in as the No. 4 seed. After hammering Richmond Hill in Game One 12-3, the Pack found themselves down 5-4 in the seventh inning, but as the home team for game two, they still had another at bat.
However, after a 40-minute rain delay, the head umpire called the game, giving Richmond Hill the victory. The decision had Greenbrier Coach Chris Wilkins and all the Pack fans fuming. Greenbrier did come back the next day to take Game Three 6-2, to eliminate Richmond Hill.
This year Richmond Hill has payback on their mind, and are playing well, having won 14 consecutive games. They play in a weak baseball region, as evidenced by the other three teams from Region 3 being eliminated in Round One, losing 6 of 7 games and being outscored 58-13. The Pack continue to get great play from 1B/P Adam Sasser.
The 6-3, 225-pound slugger went 5 for 8 in Round One versus Union Grove to raise his season average to .425. He also has 10 doubles, five homers, and 32 RBI on the season. Plus, he came through in Game Three on the mound, tossing a complete game to help the Pack advance.
Greenbrier’s likely starters for Round Two vs. Richmond Hill:
Richmond Hill (19-7) @ Greenbrier (21-6)
Games 1 and 2 today, Game 3 Thursday, if necessary
Game 1: Nick Sandlin (Jr.) 12 Appearances (10-0, 1 Save, 1.91 ERA)
Game 2: Connor Hogan (Soph.) 13 Appearances (7-2, 2.14 ERA)
Game 3: Adam Sasser (Jr.) 8 Appearances (4-1, 1.75 ERA)
A few weeks ago I did a story on former Augusta Christian football star Jay Harmon. After giving up football in college, Harmon has found another sport he is passionate about – Crossfit.
Crossfit is the fastest growing strength and conditioning training method in the world. This Saturday you have a chance to meet Harmon, check his new gym (SEC Crossfit), and learn more about Crossfit, as Harmon and his partners hold their grand opening.
The event is this Saturday (May 10), with food and drinks provided by Jersey Mike’s and Coca-Cola.
So, get out and support one of the county’s former student-athletes as he begins his quest to get the CSRA more fit.
When: Saturday, May 10 (11 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Where: SEC Crossfit, 4012 Enterprise Ct. (off Bobby Jones Express-
way, behind Southern Lighting)
For more information, call (706) 250-3974.