Originally created 02/22/99

Evans test Pack in first meeting



On a smaller scale, history will be made today when Greenbrier visits Evans on the baseball diamond at 4 p.m. on the first official day Georgia public schools can begin regular season play.

The game is the first meeting between the two Columbia County schools since Greenbrier opened its doors three years ago. The game matches Greenbrier coach Terry Holder against his old employer, Evans.

Holder won five state titles at Evans during his stint as the head baseball coach and also helped develop professional players Todd Greene, Tony McCladdie and Mark Hamlin.

Holder left Evans in 1996 to become athletic director and head football and baseball coach at Greenbrier. None of the Columbia County schools Evans, Lakeside or Harlem played Greenbrier during the school's first season of existence in 1997.

Last season, Lakeside played Greenbrier one time and both Lakeside and Evans are scheduled to meet Greenbrier on the diamond this season. Greenbrier will play Evans three times this season while playing Lakeside just once. However, fans will have to wait for another season if they expect a Greenbrier-Harlem matchup. The two schools were unable to work out an agreement to play each other this season.

Today's game is part of the Georgia-Carolina baseball tournament. The two teams will meet again on March 24 at Evans, then meet on April 13 at Greenbrier.

For two seasons, area baseball fans have anxiously awaited for Evans and Greenbrier to face each other in baseball. They get their wish today.

"I thought we should have been playing to start off, but for various reasons, that's never happened," Holder said. "But that's all behind us now and we're moving forward. I just don't know if it's a good thing to play them (Evans) so early in the year."

Evans coach Chris Segraves couldn't be reached for comment on Sunday about today's matchup, but Holder said there's a lot of interest in the rivalry.

"Sometimes, there's more interest in other things than in the importance of the game," he said.

Tim Morse can be reached At (706) 823-3216.