Conway brothers share passion for baseball diamond

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Baseball at Conway High School has been one of the more enjoyable traditions for students and fans alike over the years.

Conway baseball has high expectations of its players every year, and the 2013 season will be no different. As the Tigers vie for the state tournament, one of their leaders will be a junior that is just adding to the great family history that already exists on this team.

It's not baseball season, but there is no stop button on Grant Holmes. The Conway junior has been one of the bigger bats and arms in the Tiger lineup the last two years. But he is just adding to the family history at Conway High School. Grant is following in the footsteps of former pitcher Colby, who is still making waves in the Palmetto State.

And then big brother went on to pitch in Columbia, where he is returning for another year, expecting to be one of the key starters on a South Carolina team that has made it to the College World Series championship the last three seasons, winning the national title twice.

"To see him pitch in the College World Series was amazing, one of the biggest stages and accomplish what he did is great," marvels proud dad John Holmes.

The Gamecocks are only the second program to make it to the College World Series three straight years, and Colby has been there every step of the way, compiling 16 wins and averaging just under a strikeout per inning in his career.

But that's not to underplay Grant's accomplishments. He remains one of the more sought after recruits in the state, with his eyes set on the same long term goals as Colby had.

"Obviously to get drafted - that's every kid's dream. If not, college is an option," Grant sighs.

And that's exactly what happened to Colby in the 47th round in 2009. He opted for college, trying to improve his status for the future. Yet with half of his high school career still to go, Grant remains focused on the goal that head coach Anthony Carroll wants him to look to.

"To win state - that's one big goal. We have mostly everyone coming back," explains Coach Carroll.

While the tigers have a lot to be excited about come spring time, the Holmes family could be on its way to becoming the first family of baseball in Conway.

"To see our boys both do so great just brings us pleasure. We're very lucky to have two sons that have succeeded at the sport and we hope that this is just the beginning for them," boosts John Holmes.

Grant says the baseball history in the family doesn't start with him and Colby though. His grandfather played independent league baseball, and helped introduce both of them to the game they now love so much.

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