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NGA baseball holds senior send-off event

June 25, 2020 - 06:00
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  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    NGA’s 2020 valedictorian Chase Crumbley swings and connects during one of his at-bats in last week’s senior send-off. Photos by JUSTIN HUBBARD/Staff
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    Nick Crews hustles down the first base line after connecting on a pitch during last week’s intra-squad baseball exhibition at Nathanael Greene Academy.
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    Recent Nathanael Greene Academy graduate Ty Webb rips a pitch in the early stages of last Wednesday’s exhibition matchup.
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    Patriots baseball player Brandon Chambers takes a lead off second base after reaching with a base hit.
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    Stephen Ricci, who graduated last Monday, June 15, drives a pitch during last Wednesday’s senior sendoff event in Siloam.
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    During the middle innings of last Wednesday’s NGA senior send-off, Noah Ward drives a ball toward right field.
  • NGA baseball holds senior send-off event
    After driving a pitch into the outfield, NGA’s 2020 salutatorian Sean Brown hustles down the line to first base to record a single.

In an effort to give its senior baseball players one final chance to play in a Patriot uniform, Nathanael Greene Academy held an intrasquad exhibition last Wednesday, June 17. The recently graduated members of the team and a few other teammates formed a team and they opposed the Patriots’ younger members. In the end, the graduates’ team won the game 11-10 by scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning.

The Patriots’ official baseball season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NGA went 2-1 before its governing body, the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools (GAPPS), forced a suspension of all its sanctioned events. Eventually, GAPPS ruled that sports would not be resumed for the 2019-20 school year.

NGA baseball coaches Garey Clark and Haywood Crumbley organized last week’s event in an effort to give the seniors a proper send-off. Although it did not count toward any official record books, the Patriots got one last game together before going their separate ways.