Pick a cliché about hard work paying off, then attach Greenbrier pitcher Jordan Hunt’s name to it. It’s what he attributes to his success.
And what success he had in 2012.
The tall right-hander led the Wolfpack to a 31-5 record, winning a Region 2-AAAA title and bringing the team to the cusp of a state title. He was named the region player of the year and now is The Augusta Chronicle’s Georgia baseball player of the year.
“Starting last year I was in the weight room a lot during the summer,” Hunt said. “It was the key to one of my successes, being so strong. Coach (Chris) Wilkins has kind of an arm workout thing that they did during the fall. We did a bunch of long toss, a bunch of band work to help strengthen our arms, and that really showed on the mound this year. All the work coming up to the season is what really helped me succeed so much.”
Before the season, the coaching staff noticed some flaws in Hunt’s delivery, so they came up with exercises to help remedy them.
“In the middle of batting practice, he would go into the bullpen for two hours and work by himself,” Wilkins said. “That work ethic is why he had a lot of success.”
Hunt finished the year 10-1 with a 1.71 ERA, but he was much more than a pitcher. He hit cleanup for the Wolfpack and led the team in batting (.491), hits (53), home runs (8) and triples (4), and was second on the team with 35 RBI.
“He’s a great player and a good human being,” Wilkins said. “He’s a coach’s dream. There’s nothing he can’t do, and there’s also nothing he won’t do for the sake of the team.”
He would like to get drafted and make baseball his livelihood.
“That’s been a goal of mine in the past,” Hunt said. “It’d be pretty awesome to play baseball, for that to be my career. If that doesn’t happen, then I’ve had a great career doing baseball and I’ll just move on with my life.”
Hunt will attend Georgia Tech.
“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been wanting to go to Tech and study some kind of engineering,” Hunt said.
He has figured out the initial steps he needs to take to pursue his baseball dream.
“I’ve talked to the coach there, Danny Hall, and he invited me to come work out with them this fall as kind of like a potential walk-on spot,” Hunt said. “We’ll see what happens with that. If I do good and he likes me, I could be a potential walk-on next spring.”
To Hunt, finishing as the Class AAAA state runner-up didn’t tarnish the kind of year the Wolfpack had.
“I still think that it was a very good senior year to look back on and remember and talk about in the future with all the players,” Hunt said. “I still think it was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, playing baseball for Greenbrier my senior