It was a very important day for Fannin County High School Senior Grant Baker and his family. With his mother Linda and his father Brandon at his side, Grant took his place at the table to sign his National Letter of Intent. His choice for furthering his education was Point University in West Point, GA. Known as the Skyhawks, Point University is a NAIA private Christian college in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with universities as Reinhardt in Waleska, GA. and Bryan College in Tennessee.
In Attendance for the ceremony were School Administrators, Coaches, teammates, and family all looking on in excitement and support for Baker as he continues his education and do one thing he loves, that is to play the game of baseball. Grant Baker has played this game most all his life starting in recreation ball through Fannin Co. Recreation Department to present where he is finishing his high school career with the Rebels. In the last three years as a Rebel, Baker has won 11 games and pitching 109 innings with 87 strikeouts and a earned run average right at 3.00. Baker helped lead the Rebels to their first playoff appearance in several years after the 2017 regular season and is competing hard to do the same in the 2018 season.
His High School Accolades include the 2015 JV Rebel Award and the 2017 Fannin Co. Pitcher of the Year. Baker also has played travel baseball for the East Cobb Black Knights out of Marietta, GA where he was named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament Team 9 consecutive times.
Congratulations to Grant Baker and his family on this great opportunity in continuing his education and growing in to the man he wants to become.
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The Rebels play host to the Bobcats of Gilmer on Thursday as they honored the outgoing seniors of Rebel baseball. After taking the victory from the Bobcats, five young men who have been team leaders and worked hard to prepare themselves for life beyond high school were recognized and honored by friends, family, Coaches and teammates.
Grant Baker(Point University), Cody Jacobs, Jack Gobble, Drew Foresman and Garret Rogers were escorted on to the field by family and presented with memory collages of their high school careers and thanked for their dedication to Rebel Baseball.(See images below).
On the field, the visiting Bobcats started strong by putting two runs up in the first with the help of two errors. The Rebels answered in the bottom half with three of their own and would never look back. Two doubles(Chandler Kendall and Senior Jack Gobble) and a single by Gabe Buchannan sparked the three run first Fannin. Neither team could plate runs for their teams over the next few innings as defense and pitching stole the thunder from the guys at the plate. In the Bottom of the fifth, the Rebels opened up once again by putting a four spot on the board and taking a commanding 7-2 lead in to the sixth. The non region game went to the Rebels with a final score of 7-2.
On the mound, Gabe Buchannan, Senior Garrett Rogers and Senior Grant Baker combined for eight strikeouts and three walks. The Cats had two runs on three hits on the day. This proves the old saying that good pitching is more important than good bats.
Next up for the Rebels of Fannin will be a trip to the home of the Murphy Bulldogs in North Carolina as they finish out the regular season and prepare to play in the GHSA State playoffs for the second consecutive year.