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May 29, 2012

Catcher commits to Lake Land

MT. VERNON — Grant Garrett was a consistent presence behind the plate and in the middle of the order for the Rams baseball team this season.

Garrett finished the season as the team leader in home runs and RBI and has committed to Lake Land College in Mattoon. Garrett finished the season with three home runs and 22 RBI. He had a .281 batting average and got on base 40 percent of his at-bats.

“I did bring a little bit of pop to the middle of our lineup, and we had a good lineup,” Garrett said. “We had trouble executing some times, but when it came down to it we were a pretty good ballclub.”

Behind the plate Garrett was responsible for working with a pitching staff that finished the season with a 2.36 earned run average. Garrett said growing up with several of the Rams’ pitchers helped him learn their tendencies and pitching routines.

“That’s a big thing for me catching is getting a good relationship with the guys that I’m going to catch all year because it needs to be not pitcher and catcher but also brother and brother when you’re catching,” Garrett said.

Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said Garrett’s abilities to see his weaknesses and improve them helped him throughout his career.

“He came in with a good arm,” Holloway said. “He came in with the ability to hit the ball, but Grant was intelligent enough to recognize his weaknesses early and really work on those and he’s turned himself into a good catcher.”

Garrett was part of a Mt. Vernon team that finished the season 26-10 and lost in the regional semifinal to Waterloo. During Garrett’s three-year span with the varsity team, the Rams lost just one South Seven Conference game.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time playing here, and it’s too bad that it ended the way it did, but I’ve got memories that are going to last forever,” he said.

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