Athlete of the Week: Josh Wolfe

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The War Eagles of Brentwood Academy will look to repeat as state baseball champions this year.

They blew through the region going undefeated and put together a 19-3 overall record.

One of their pitchers is key to their success, and he's also doing a good job in the classroom.

Mr. Brentwood, also known as senior Josh Wolfe, is our "Athlete of the Week."

Ben Wolfe is Josh's dad and his coach on the baseball team.

"Baseball is something he's worked at his whole life and I'm happy its worked out for him," Ben said.

Don't get Wolfe wrong.

The older generation has had to walk a fine line with his son on the mound for Brentwood.

"My dad's played a big part. He's been my coach as long as I can remember since I was little," Josh recalled. "He knows the game and he knows how to handle me."

"It's a balancing act between dad and coach, and I can say some things to him and everybody's screaming and everybody's yelling things, but he knows my voice," Ben said.

That voice and Josh's work ethic have paid off.

The pitcher, with a .83 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season, signed an athletic scholarship to play at North Georgia College next year.

He figures to get in on some quick playing time.

"If I can do my job like I need to, they want me to start next year," Josh said with a smile.

These days, Josh spends his afternoons at the Sandersville Hospital Wellness Center.

An overall 3.2 grade point average helped to get him the internship.

"If your grades are where they should be and you've attended school enough, Brentwood allows seniors every year to do an independent study program, and I'm doing mine with Wellness just to see different sides of athletic training," he explained.

Josh says eventually he'd like to follow in his dad's footsteps and coach. But that's down the road. For now, the War Eagles will concentrate on earning another state title.

"I like our chances. We have as just a good of a chance as some of the other teams and I think we're gonna give it a shot again this year," Josh said with confidence.

And next year, his dad will have to adopt a different strategy when Josh heads off to college.

"His momma does a lot of screaming at the game, so I might just tell her what to say," Ben said with a smile.

Brentwood begins their campaign in the playoffs this Saturday when they play Griffin Christian in a double-header at noon.

 

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