“We are real thankful to have both of the Brasher boys on our team this year,” Fayetteville head Morris Phillips said. “They are the two that keeps our morale up just by a saying a little something here and there or by something that they will do. Those two keep us together believe it or not. We pick on them and they pick on us. We just have a real good time.”
On the diamond, Austin Brasher and Steven Brasher have significant roles on the team.
“They mean a lot,” Phillips said. “Austin is starting left fielder. He makes plays when he has to. He has stepped up as a ninth grader and played good baseball for us. Big Brasher (Steve) is the designated hitter for us and he rips the cover off of the ball. He had a little time where he went in a hole but he battles and makes good contact.”
This is Steven Brasher’s first time being in the playoffs.
Big Brasher drove in two runs against Shades Mountain Christian in the first round of the playoffs.
“You have to hit when its time to hit,” Brasher said. “That is my motto.”
Austin Brasher said he enjoys playing with his cousin that’s 11 months older than him.
“It is fun and sometimes it can be rough,” Austin Brasher said. “We have our arguments everyday. We talk about practice most of the time and who does the best. All and all we are with each other and we are positive. The entire team is positive.”
Last season, as an eighth grader Austin Brasher didn’t get a chance to play as much in the Wolves run to the state championship game.
“Last season I didn’t see as much playing time as I wanted to, but I was happy, because I was with the team,” he said. “This year, I am starting in left field and it feels good to be a starter. I haven’t had a chance to hit a lot, but I can understand that. I haven’t done great at the plate this year. I have been in a slump. It still feels good that I have a starting position on the team and the fact that I can do what I do-which is play baseball.”
“We played good but we have to get our bats hot,” Brasher said. We play solid defense. I think we if we can get out bats going we will be in good shape.”
The Wolves will have to be clicking on all cylinders as they square off with a Holy Spirit team coming in with extra motivation.
“Friday is the one year anniversary of the tornadoes that came through Alabama,” Phillips said. “They have something to play for. I think they are going to be pumped and that may give them a little motivation to play well. Their coach and their team has gone through a lot in this past year. They have a lot to play for.”
Phillips hopes the home fans will help them earn another win on Friday.
“We play good at home,” Phillips said. “We are more of a home team; we love playing here. We have great fans, the parents come out and supports us. Every player has their parents out here. They started putting up chairs and tents up two or three days before the game starts. It is great to have them here and our student body that comes out to the playoff games have been great. We love the support and we love playing here at home.”
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