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First-year coach has Greenbrier in state semifinals

Posted: May 17, 2014 - 11:12pm

So much for the rebuilding year at Greenbrier. First- year Head Coach Jason Osborn has the Pack in the state semifinals after an outstanding 3-game series win over a very talented Stephenson squad. Greenbrier heads into tomorrow’s match up with Whitewater with a record of 25-7.

The Pack swept Whitewater in last year’s semifinals by a score of 5-4 and 6-3. Greenbrier was able to advance this week thanks to the continued solid pitching of junior Nick Sandlin, and gutsy Game 3 performance by sophomore right hander Connor Hogan, and the sizzling bat of senior outfielder Chris Michals. Here is a quick recap.

Game One: Greenbrier won 10-0 in five innings

Nick Sandlin – complete game 1-hitter (only needed 56 pitches)

Chris Michals – 3 for 3 with 2 HR and 6 RBI

Game Two: Stephenson won 10-7

Sloppy defense for the usually solid gloves of Greenbrier

Stephenson displayed some eye-popping team speed

Jr. Adam Sasser - Took the loss on the mound, but did homer in the game

Game Three: Greenbrier won 8-3 (Wins Series 2 games to 1)

Chris Michals – Had a three-run HR and a two-run single for 5 RBI / For the series Michals had 3 HR and 11 RBI

Connor Hogan – Retired the final 13 batters he faced and did not allow a base runner after the third inning

For the season:

Sandlin improves to 12-0 with one save and an ERA of 1.56 this season . He also has 86 K’s in 67 innings and opposing hitters are batting just .140 against him.

Hogan is now 9-2 with an ERA of 2.33 in 15 appearances

Michals is hitting .396 with a CSRA best 9 home runs and 41 RBI

Chris Michals may be the hottest hitter in the state. It all started in Greenbrier’s final regular season game versus Burke County on April 14. Michals came into the game with three homers and 15 RBI on the season (18 Games). Respectable numbers, especially with today’s bats, but that day Michals went 3 for 4 with a HR and 5 RBI and he has not cooled off since.

Here is a look at Michals incredible post season production.

13 Games

Batting Average: .467 (21 for 45)

On Base %: .520

Runs Scored: 17

Home Runs: 5

Runs Batted In: 21

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Chris Michals and junior first baseman Adam Sasser have combined for 16 home runs this season. That may not sound like much compared to Todd Greene’s 17 HR in 1989, or the 18 homer seasons for B.J. Hawes and Jordan Belcher at Augusta Christian, but with today’s bat restrictions, those numbers are amazing. Consider this comparison:

Home Runs for Michals and Sasser: 16

Home Runs for Grovetown, Lakeside, and Evans combined: 4

That’s right. The remaining three Columbia County AAAAA Teams combined to hit four homers all year, while these two bests have 16.

Final Four Matchup

Whitewater (29-5) @ Greenbrier (25-7)

Monday, May 19 – Doubleheader

Tuesday, May 20 – Game 3 if necessary

***Greenbrier swept Whitewater in last year’s semifinals by a score of 5-4 and 6-3

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