'Pack title run is over

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When Nolan Belcher emerged from the dugout to take the mound for what would be the final time of his high school career, the Greenbrier crowd stood and cheered.

Long after he left the field for the last time, they cheered for another reason.

The Wolfpack were bounced from the Class AAAA state baseball playoffs for the first time in three years, dropping the final two games of their quarterfinal series with Loganville 12-11 and 10-0.

The Red Devils led the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader before lightning forced the teams to start anew Wednesday.

Loganville coach Jeff Seagers said he got on the bus Tuesday night and told his team the Wolfpack still had to beat them one more time.

"I told them to punch until they couldn't punch anymore," Seagers said. "We got a team full of fighters."

Belcher, the Wolfpack's senior pitcher, lost the first playoff game of his career after he inherited a two-run lead in Game 2, and the Wolfpack couldn't match Loganville's bats in the deciding third game.

When the final out had been recorded in the deciding third game, Greenbrier's players shook the hands of the winners, and the Wolfpack seniors lingered long after the game was over.

"We've done this to plenty of teams over the years," Wolfpack senior Ryan Cato said. "It stinks being on the other side of it."

They then gathered at the backstop, where they exchanged applause with the fans who had watched them win the past two state championships.

Belcher had taken the mound a few hours earlier to raucous cheers from the home crowd, who had grown accustomed to the Wolfpack ace's dominance the past three seasons.

But the Red Devils managed a rally in the fifth inning of Game 2, scoring two runs on three hits to tie it. They squeezed across the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, and Red Devils pitcher Casey Shiver held the Wolfpack's bats from there.

"I definitely wanted the ball in that situation," Belcher said. "I just couldn't seem to get the big strikeout."

Shiver pitched the final 8w innings of the series. He started Game 3 and held the Wolfpack scoreless.

Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 863-6165 ext. 116 or stephen.fastenau@augustachronicle.com.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/08 - 06:36 am
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The career of the best high

The career of the best high school pitcher in the history of the CSRA ends. Good luck at Carolina, Nolan.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 05/22/08 - 07:11 am
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What a season you had

What a season you had Wolfpack, congrats from a Laney Fan...

Freehawk
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Freehawk 05/22/08 - 08:52 am
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Nolan, congratulations on a

Nolan, congratulations on a great run. Rest your arm this summer.

papadawg3
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papadawg3 05/22/08 - 09:24 am
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NOLAN, The leader of the

NOLAN, The leader of the PACK.... What a great high school career. You are without a doubt a student of the game an a great team player.. Your mental approach will carry you far in baseball.... The best to you in life and at USC. You certainly have earned the opportunity....

Congrats to the Greenbrier team.. What a run !!!!!!!!!!!!

momma42
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momma42 05/22/08 - 10:35 am
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Nolan, As I sat in the stands

Nolan,
As I sat in the stands with my eight year old son, I told him he was lucky to have seen one of the best play the game! Thank you for being a fine example to all those young players both on and off the field. Congratulations to you, Wolfpack! We're sorry to see you go.

Pops
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Pops 10/09/14 - 08:48 pm
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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/22/08 - 12:11 pm
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Momma42 and Pops are correct:

Momma42 and Pops are correct: Nolan Belcher, according to his current and former coaches, is an outstanding baseball talent. But more importantly, they continued, his character exceeds his baseball skills by a margin wider than the break on one of his nasty-breaking curveballs. Loganville may have scored more runs than GBHS at the end of playoff game three yesterday but Belcher left that diamond a WINNER- a real CHAMPION. Brian and Mrs. Belcher, how did you rear a young man with so much class?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/22/08 - 12:13 pm
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Momma42 and Pops are correct:

Momma42 and Pops are correct: Nolan Belcher, according to his current and former coaches, is an outstanding baseball talent. But more importantly, they continued, his character exceeds his baseball skills by a margin wider than the break on one of his nasty-breaking curveballs. Loganville may have scored more runs than GBHS at the end of playoff game three yesterday but Belcher left that diamond a WINNER- a real CHAMPION. Brian and Mrs. Belcher, how did you rear a young man with so much class?

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 05/22/08 - 04:05 pm
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Haha. Losers. Wolfpack

Haha. Losers. Wolfpack baseball dies on the vine.

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