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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Coach Darrin Robinson used three words to describe the GCHS Braves baseball team this season: exciting, challenging and unfinished.
Robinson said the Braves played one of the toughest schedules in the state. High points in the season included a win over undefeated Collins who at the time was 22-0 and ranked number two in the state, as well as wins over several other top 25 teams.
“We played and did everything right against Collins,” he said.
The team’s low point came Sunday when they fell to the Bearcats in the opening round of district play, he said.
The Braves ended the year with 14 wins and 15 losses.
One of the team’s biggest challenges, in Robinson’s opinion, was getting the team to believe in themselves.
“Our players at the beginning had no idea how to play from behind,” he said.
He pointed out that Jordan Martin and Blake Dills were the team’s leaders, but he also saw a lot of potential in Lucas Alger and Wyatt Glass.
“I feel they stepped into their roles and went above and beyond for us,” he said.
The Braves will lose eight seniors to graduation. They are Hunter Epperson, Ben Shipp, Jordan Martin, Jason Miller, Shelby Caudill, Tyler Caudill, Blake Dills and Wyatt Glass.
Robinson said his plan is to start plugging those holes as soon as possible.
“We have a lot of work ahead and will get started on that immediately, but we have a great group of core players returning that we can build around,” he said. “I feel with the group we have coming in and what we have returning that we may be just as good, if not better.”