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Baseball careers come to a close for seniors

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By Ryan Naus

The GCHS baseball seniors wanted to keep playing, delaying the inevitable end of their high school careers.

“Now that it’s over, it hit me hard,” Alex Gregg said. “I’m used to playing summer ball and getting ready for the next year, but now I’m not. It’s hard.”

“I’m sad that six years of work is over, but I’ve got to get ready for college and hope for the best,” Dillon Adams said.

“I’m going to miss it because I lived and breathed it,” Jared Miniard said. “I want to play baseball for the rest of my life.”

While the seniors were disappointed to see their careers come to a close, they take pride in the fact that they helped the Braves earn consecutive 32nd district championships.

“It was pretty sweet because it’s the first time it’s been done in 37 years,” Miniard said. “It was history and I was a part of it.”

“It feels great,” Adams said. “I feel like we started something that’s going to continue on. We’re on the map.”

“I feel like it was something that should have happened. Grant County is now a powerhouse and we’re one of the best teams in the district,” Gregg said.

The players have enjoyed their time while playing for Grant County, learning to play together as teammates and maturing over the course of their careers.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Adams said. “We’ve all played together since middle school and we’ve grown to know our teammates well. It will be a big change next year.”

“It’s been a blast and I couldn’t have asked for anything else,” Miniard said.

“Baseball isn’t something you can just pick up and do,” Gregg said. “You learn to love your teammates and they learn to love you back. Baseball’s been the most fun I’ve had while playing sports. It’s been a great experience.”

The seniors have faith that the Braves will continue to win because of the talent still left on the team.

“It’s a great feeling because, if they keep pushing themselves, they could win the region,” Gregg said.

“We had a rocky start because of nerves and we were young, but as far as talent, we’ll do well. It’s a good feeling to know that they will carry on the tradition that we were a part of starting,” Adams said.

Favorite memories:

“Mine is definitely coach (Justin) Hollingsworth racing Tommy Brown backwards and then falling and then losing,” Adams said.

Miniard and Gregg also listed Hollingsworth’s race as their favorite memory.

Advice:

Gregg – “My advice is to always make your coaches happy and always listen to coach (Darrick) Lee.”

Adams – “Always remember to make the routine plays. If you make the routine plays, a coach is never going to be mad at you. Also keep a good attitude.”

Miniard – “Keep a good attitude and listen to your coaches. They know what they’re talking about.”