“Tradition Never Graduates”
That’s what is says when you go to the Greenbrier High School’s baseball Web page.
I felt it was the perfect way to describe what happened in 2014 with Greenbrier’s young team. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Everyone had Evans penciled in as the team to beat in the subregion and Greenbrier was expected to battle for the third or fourth playoff spot.
Hey, most fans would have understood if Greenbrier had an off year. After all, the Wolfpack went through a controversial coaching change in the off-season. They graduated four first team All-County selections a year ago, including two of their top three pitchers (Austin Robinson - Savannah State and Clint Hardy - Western Kentucky) and the Columbia County Player of the Year and four-year starting catcher Taylor Glover. That marked the third straight season a senior from Greenbrier captured County Player of the Year honors.
In 2013, Greenbrier had to deal with the loss of Player of the Year and No. 1 pitcher Jordan Hunt, plus college signees Hunter Boose (GRU) and Spencer Duffie (Mercer/Middle Georgia/Georgia Southern). That’s six college signees the Wolfpack had lost in just the last two seasons and they had only one pitcher returning with any experience whatsoever. A rebuilding year would have be completely understandable.
Instead, this year’s bunch got better and better as the season went on. They found a pair of hardnosed young pitchers in Nick Sandlin and Connor Hogan. For most of the season they were as fundamentally sound as any team in the state, and it seemed like every time they needed a big hit, Chris Michals or Adam Sasser would oblige.
Once again, they took Greenbrier fans on a magical post-season ride, much to the dismay of the Greenbrier haters who love to lurk on the Internet.
So guys, do not hang your head. You represented your school in tremendous fashion. You brought back a little of that “old school” tradition that Terry Holder built this program around – and trust me, the fans took notice. This was the 18th year of baseball at Greenbrier High School and it was another year to be proud of. You do not have to take my word for it. Here is the incredible year-by-year breakdown of Greenbrier baseball since the school opened its doors.
1997; 31-5; State Champions; Terry Holder
1998; 25-4; State Champions; Terry Holder
1999; 29-5-1; State Champions; Terry Holder (85-14-1)
2000; 24-4; Second Round; Ed Williams
2001; 23-15; Final Four; Ed Williams
2002; 26-8; Final Four; Ed Williams
2003; 24-8; Elite 8; Ed Williams
2004; 28-5; Final Four; Ed Williams
2005; 16-7; Lost in Region Playoffs; Ed Williams
2006; 35-1; State Champions; Ed Williams (176-48)
2007; 31-4; State Champions; Rodney Holder
2008; 25-8; Elite 8; Rodney Holder (56-12)
2009; 22-7; Second Round; Chris Wilkins
2010; 22-9; Second Round; Chris Wilkins
2011; 21-10; Elite 8; Chris Wilkins
2012; 31-5; Championship Series; Chris Wilkins
2013; 24-9; Championship Series; Chris Wilkins (120-30)
2014; 26-9; Final Four; Jason Osborn (26-9)
18 Seasons: 463-123-1; State Titles: 5 (’97,’98,’99,’06,’07); Region Titles 14/18
Final Four: 11/18; ; Elite 8: 14/18; Sweet 16: 17/18
• 3 Different Coaches have won State Titles
• 5 Different Coaches have won Region Titles and went to the Final Four