Scholar Athlete: Greenbrier’s Ty Snipes

Last school year was a banner one for Greenbrier High School with both softball and baseball teams winning state titles. In the baseball team’s state championship game, head coach Jason Osborn had the confidence to start junior Ty Snipes, who played several other positions, but hadn’t pitched much on the high school level.

Snipes gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings in the third and decisive title game, leading the Wolfpack to victory. Snipes has certainly come a long way from the skinny 8th grader who weighed just 125 pounds.

“He wanted to make the varsity baseball team in the 9th grade and he knew in order to do so he had to work pretty hard,” Snipes father, Randy Snipes said. “So he quit basketball. He was a pretty good basketball player and he started lifting weights. Six months later, he weighed 152 pounds. His goal was 150 by January and he did it.”

Coach Osborn has seen Snipes transformation through his high school career.

“Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve seen a kid work that hard in the weight room and throwing,” Osborn said. “He came back his junior season last year and the state title year a different player.”

A soon-to-be four year starter this spring, Snipes has had an impressive baseball career but he wants to focus on even more on his academics after he graduates. He’d like to study engineering at either Clemson or Georgia Tech.

 

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