Elder statesman to lead Knights against Columbia on Senior Night

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Elder statesman to lead Knights against Columbia on Senior Night

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Mendez Elder takes a sip of gatorade during the Grady-St. Pius game.                                                       The Grady Knights fell 9-3 to the Lions. Photo by Lindsey Leonard.



The Grady Grey Knights will face the Columbia Eagles this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a region game that could potentially help them get into the playoffs.  The game will also be a very special one for the seniors, who will be playing their final regular-season varsity baseball game.

In last year’s hard-fought game against the Eagles, Grady fell short, losing 11-10. This year, behind standout outfielder/pitcher and Savannah State recruit Mendez Elder, the Grey Knights have a very good chance of winning the game. Elder has been the heart of the 2012 Grey Knights baseball team, contributing tremendously in the Knights’ 15-8 record.

Batting .550 with four home runs, 28 strikeouts, and 44 RBI’s. Elder is currently ranked the No. 1 in player in the Atlanta Public Schools. His stat line suggests that Elder will play a huge role in Wednesday’s game.

The game is huge for two reasons. One, it might be the team’s last game of the season (if they dont make the playoffs) and the last game in the careers of the seniors of the 2011-2012 Grey Knights baseball team.  Two, it is also the team’s Senior Night, which will include a ceremonial calling of all the seniors, most likely at a moment in the game where all the seniors are on the field.

There is a lot at stake, and Elder and the Knights hope to come out with the win and end their regular season the right way.


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