Adam Barth says he was born to play the game of baseball, and by playing for Mount de Sales, he's living out part of his dream. "I've been playing baseball since I was 5 years old," says Barth. "Started at North Macon then moved to Vineingle, then I've been here since 7th grade. I've always been a middle infielder, but then pitching took up in middle school, and that's where I've been a lot of my time."
The Cavs' 14-11 record doesn't truly indicate just how scrappy the boys of summer are led by 5 graduating seniors and a workhorse like Barth.
Barth explains, "We started off with a shaky start but as we got rolling, we got our bats, got ready a little bit. Like Coach said, our record is not too great, but were still getting the wins when we need the wins, which allows us to keep playing."
Barth and his teammates are making history for MDS this season by leading the GISA school to the final four just like the glory days of old.
MDS alum and head coach Marc Lipson agrees, "It's kind of a new experience for us as well as the school. It's been a long time since we've been in this position. But I am proud of these guys and excited for them."
In the classroom, Barth has lived up to the student athlete title by graduating with a 3.0 GPA, and now he wants to end his playing career on a high note. "It feels awesome to know we've made it this far with this group of guys," says Barth. "They're my family and we can keep on going, and I hope we do. If I didn't have a B average, I wouldn't be able to play baseball, and I've been playing for four years, so I've done a good job, I think."
Lipson adds, "He is a cliche, coach's player. He's our team leader. Nobody voted, it's just known. By his actions, he's one of the reasons why we've done so well this year. Very disciplined, doesn't have to be told to do anything. He's really rubbed off on the players on how to properly play this game."
Mount de Sales goes on the road Friday to begin a semifinals series with Tattnall for a chance at a state title.