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April 21, 2014

Greenbrier East is on a roll

Wood Bat championship runs Spartans’ winning streak to 7 games

Spring break proved quite profitable for Greenbrier East’s baseball team.

The Spartans went undefeated and claimed the championship of the fourth annual Spring Break Wood Bat Classic in Fayetteville. Saturday’s 11-9 win over Riverside gave East the title.

East (12-4) has now won seven straight since a 7-6 loss at rival Woodrow Wilson on April 8.

Under first-year head coach Scott Vogelsong, the Spartans are trying to overcome the loss of several players from last year’s team. A largely young group — there are only two seniors on the roster — has East on its current roll.

“We have a young team and we’re making good strides,” Vogelsong said of his team after the Woodrow game. “We need to stay mentally focused for 21 outs. When we do that, we’re tough.”

Contributions came from many sources in the tournament, but sophomore Colby Johnson stood out. He had six hits, including two doubles and a home run, and drove in three runs. He was also the winning pitcher in a 13-1 win over Summers County, limiting the Bobcats to three hits.

Johnson, the tournament MVP, was a main cog in Eastern Greenbrier’s drive to the Upper Deck Middle School Baseball League championship in 2012.

Junior Josiah Solak, a state wrestling placewinner, had a clutch hit in East’s 11-9 comeback win over Oak Hill in the first game of the week. Daylon Colley was a home run short of the cycle in that game.

In the title game, Tyler Canterbury and Ethan Boone were a combined 7 for 7.

“We’ve been trying to just shorten our swings and not to hit it hard but hit it good,” Vogelsong said.

The Spartans will visit rival Greenbrier West at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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