CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – Greenbrier Christian Academy is still on cloud nine. The Gators are a mere three days removed from a VISAA Division II state championship, their first in six years. “That last out that capped the season, that was such a great feeling to come out on top,” said junior Colten Wynn.
Wynn describes his team as “goofy and laid back,” but when it’s time to play baseball, it’s all business. The Gators (26-4) took down the Miller School 6-3 on Saturday, and followed that up with the traditional dog-pile, and maybe the not-so-traditional, “Give me two claps and a Ric Flair!”
“We just couldn’t stop smiling,” said junior Sam Watson, who transferred from Atlantic Shores.
The team is led by head coach Gary Lavelle, who pitched for three different Major League teams from 1974 to 1975. He started the Gators’ baseball program in 1989, and has been the head man for all but one of its 12 titles. “I think as the successes started mounting up, more and more kids wanted to be involved in the program, and success breads success.”
More success may be on the horizon very soon. His team is only losing two seniors heading into next season.