When Taylor Glover was given the starting catcher job his freshman year, he understood what was expected of him and his team.
For four seasons, Glover has been a constant on the always-contending Greenbrier baseball team. This year, the catcher hit .390, recorded 32 RBI and worked with the pitching staff to help the Wolfpack make it to the state championship series for the second year in a row.
For flourishing despite the responsibilities and expectations, Glover is The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Georgia baseball player of the year.
“Everyone around here knows Greenbrier is known for baseball,” Glover said. “It’s tradition, that we’re supposed to be good and we’re supposed to win. I think everyone knows that.”
The Wolfpack went 98-33 during Glover’s four years, time that included a role as the heart of a balanced lineup. Glover was placed in the all-important No. 3 spot this season as the Wolfpack marched to the Class AAAAA state final.
He was also a staple behind the plate. Since very early in his freshman season, about the third or fourth game, Glover was the starting catcher.
The role required him to learn quickly. Because it was his job to lead the defense, Glover had to grow up in a hurry.
So he worked.
His arm got stronger. He got better at blocking balls in the dirt and he could also hit. He steadily improved.
Not only did his batting average end up close to .400 this year, but he also led the team in RBI and hit 10 doubles to go along with two triples and two home runs.
His impressive season statistically meant team success, with the Wolfpack finishing second in the state in Glover’s final season.
“It’s just been a good time. I love playing here, especially playing with all these guys – I grew up with most of them. It’s a good place to compete. There’s no better place to compete than right here,” Glover said. “It was really special making that run. I just wish we came out on top.”