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Greenbrier's Garrett Marchman to represent Team Georgia

Posted: July 2, 2016 - 11:01pm  |  Updated: July 2, 2016 - 11:52pm

Each summer the top rising senior baseball players in Georgia are invited to represent their state as a part of Team Georgia. Columbia County has a long list of players who have been honored with a spot on this team.

Greenbrier’s Garrett Marchman is the latest Columbia County player to get a chance to suit up for Team Georgia.

Once assembled, the squad travels to McAlester, Okla., to compete with other states in the prestigious Junior Sunbelt Classic. Other former Greenbrier stars like Brandon Cumpton, Jeff Rowland and Nolan Belcher all represented the Peach State at this event.

For Marchman, this summer was an opportunity to showcase his ability to scouts, after missing half of his junior season with the Wolfpack for medical reasons. Well, “Boogie,” as he called by his family, put together quite a performance. In the history of this event, approximately 50 percent of the members of Team Georgia have signed Division I scholarships and nearly 20 percent have been selected in the MLB Draft. If his showing in Oklahoma was any indication, Marchman is primed for a big final campaign at Greenbrier and scouts better take notice.

He led Team Georgia to a 6-3 record in pool play and a spot in the Bronze Medal Game (They lost to Arizona, 7-6). Marchman was the hitting star for the Peach Staters. He hit .388 and led the team in home runs and RBI. He had an on-base percentage of .467, slugged .640 and had an OPS of 1.107. He currently has offers from Savannah State and Augusta University, with Charleston Southern, Alabama, UAB, Furman, Samford, UNC Charlotte all showing interest. In addition to his hitting numbers, his 3.7 GPA will certainly help his recruitment.

 

Former Evans star Todd Greene received a big honor recently from USA Baseball. Back in February, Greene was named Volunteer of the Year for his work last summer with the 14 and Under U.S. Squad. Greene earned high praise from the Executive Director who stated, “Greene has unrivaled and inspired expertise.

“In addition to his high level instruction, his focus on each individual athlete and their overall maturation as a player sets him apart.”

Greene’s history with Team USA goes back to his playing days. He represented the U.S. in the 1991 Pan Am Games and was one of the club’s top offensive performers.

Greene led Evans to back-to-back state titles in 1988 and 1989. He was also a four-time All-American at Georgia Southern before embarking on an 11-year career in the Majors. Currently, Greene is in his sixth season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, his fifth as the Special Assistant to the General Manager. He is also starting to get a little buzz regarding his potential as a future big league skipper.

Greene will be back with Team USA this summer as the coach for the 15 and under trials.

Also, the Greene legacy at Georgia Southern will continue, as his son, Jacob, begins his college career as a catcher with the Eagles this fall.

Former Greenbrier softball standout Kirsten McMonigle has wrapped up her prep career but the honors keep coming for the speedster. For the second consecutive season she has been named a national All-American by Flosoftball.com.

McMonigle hit .500 with a school-record 33 stolen bases and a mind-blowing 52 runs scored as Greenbrier finished third in the state with a 33-7 record. She was also a second-team All-American following her junior season as she led Greenbrier to a state title by hitting .532 and swiping 32 bases in 32 attempts. For her career, McMonigle hit .474 as a four-year starter for the Pack. She also scored 189 runs, stole 95 bases in 99 attempts and had an on-base percentage of .543.

McMonigle will suit up for Georgia State University this season.

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