Originally created 04/12/98

No-hitters shock even the pitcher



GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Greene-Taliaferro senior pitcher Jeff Snipes was surprised when he found out Tuesday that he had tossed a no-hitter in Monday's game with Hancock Central.

But Snipes was surprised even more when he tossed his second no-hitter in the same week Friday when he beat Jefferson County 4-1.

"Once I pitched a no-hitter earlier this week, I didn't figure I'd throw another one this season," he said. "I especially didn't think I'd throw another one in the same week."

The Tigers pounded Hancock Central 11-1 in six innings Monday with Snipes on the hill. The senior finished the week with a 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 13 innings.

"I really don't care about all that," he said. "My main goal is to help the team win."

Snipes has seen the Tigers improve under baseball coach Russell Brock.

During his freshman season, Greene-Taliaferro was 0-16. This season they're 9-9. Snipes said the team's biggest goal is to make the state playoffs -- something the Tigers haven't done in his four years at the school.

But the senior realizes he has to step his game up as the Tigers face crucial region contests next week with Morgan County and Washington County. Greene-Taliaferro needs one more win to qualify for the Region 4-AA playoffs.

"I know I have to pitch pretty good to beat those teams," Snipes said. "I know that I have to step it up a notch. I'm not concentrating on throwing a no-hitter. I just want to keep my number of hits low."

Snipes was the Tigers' starting quarterback on the football team last season and Brock, who's coached the senior for four seasons, says he hates to see Snipes graduate.

"He means a lot to this team," Brock said. "He's almost like another coach. He's started for me for four years and I'm going to miss him a lot next season."

Snipes also gives credit to the team that helped him keep the two no-hitters in tact.

"I didn't think I was going to make it (throw the no-hitter Friday)," he said. "But my defense really kept me in it."

Snipes is 6-1 this season in 41 innings, and he's struck out 74 batters. At the plate, he's not bad either, batting .429 with three homers, four doubles, two triples and 15 runs scored.