Undoubtedly, when the all-area, all-county and all-state baseball teams are announced, the Greenbrier Wolfpack will be well-represented.
Rich Poythress, Chris "Fud" Johnson and Nolan Belcher headline a group that could end up the most highly decorated team in county history.
Two players that seemed to get lost in all the hoopla over "Fud" and Belcher this season are getting some well-deserved honors.
Junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton and junior center fielder Jeff Rowland have been selected to play for Team Georgia this summer. This team features the very best rising seniors in the state and in the past has been a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
Cumpton and Rowland will travel to McAlester, Okla., this month to represent the Peach State and Greenbrier High School in the prestigious Sunbelt Classic Baseball Event. This tournament features the best players from Maryland, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Arizona, California and Georgia. Of the first 180 players to represent Team Georgia at the Sunbelt, 80 have gone on to play NCAA Division I baseball. Also, 14 have signed to play Division II and 60 have signed to play at the junior college level. In all, 35 have signed pro contracts. Good luck to Jeff and Brandon this summer.
Pack Headliners on CNNSI.com
Greenbrier earned top billing on CNNSI.com's high school section this week. "Greenbrier takes Georgia" reads the heading underneath the National Baseball Poll Feature. Also, the Pack have jumped two more spots to No. 8 in the nation in the latest CNNSI.com poll. The team could move up even further depending on how the top seven squads fare in their respective state tournaments.
The Greenbrier capsule highlights the offensive performance of "Fud" Johnson and the dominant pitching of Belcher and Cumpton. Greenbrier also likely will jump in the USA Today National Poll this week.
The first Columbia County Middle School Baseball All-Star game will take place today at 5 p.m. at Evans High School. The original roster, which ran Wednesday, did not include Evan Ansley of Columbia Middle, who will join the other 29 players for the game.
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