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There will be plenty of time to study the playbook, to read a defense before the play and to fire passes toward receivers.

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Greenbrier sophomore Adam Sasser is upbeat during practice as he prepares for the Class AAAAA state finals on Saturday.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Greenbrier sophomore Adam Sasser is upbeat during practice as he prepares for the Class AAAAA state finals on Saturday.

But for right now, Adam Sasser is all about a diamond.

The Greenbrier sophomore is a quarterback on the football team, but he’s focused on helping the Wolfpack win a Class AAAAA state title in baseball.

Sasser and Greenbrier travel to Pope for a Saturday doubleheader, with the deciding game to be held Monday if the doubleheader is split.

Even on a team with good veteran senior leadership, Sasser has emerged as a major part of the club. As a pitcher, he’s been the Game 1 starter in each playoff series. At the plate, he’s batting cleanup, driving in runs and protecting No. 3 hitter Taylor Glover.

In eight state tournament wins this season, Sasser has nine RBI and four multi-hit games.

“It’s a lot of responsibility,” Sasser said. “I feel like I have to get on base, have to get RBI and hit the ball hard every time. But I just go up and play the game. It’s fine – I love it.”

At 6-foot-3, Sasser has the look and size of a quarterback. He also has the arm to deliver strikes and the strength to crush pitches. Earlier this season against Lakeside, Sasser crushed a grand slam to help Greenbrier rally from a 7-3 deficit to beat the Panthers 15-7.

“He’s determined to outwork everybody,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said. “Because of that, he’s in a position now, as a sophomore, where he’s leading us in every offensive category. That’s not an accident. He’s just a special guy.”

During his freshman season, Sasser and the Wolfpack fell just one win short of winning the Class AAAA state championship.

Now a year older, Sasser is ready to see his work end with a state title.

“He’s one of those you dream about coaching, because he’s got all the ability in the world,” Wilkins said. “But apart from that, he’s not afraid to be coached and he’s not afraid to work. That’s a dangerous combination.”

CLASS AAAAA CHAMPIONSHIP

WHO: Greenbrier at Pope

WHERE: Marietta, Ga.

WHEN: Doubleheader, 3 p.m. Saturday; if necessary game Monday


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