The final game of Grant Colton's prep baseball career ended in disappointing fashion, but at least the Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan School senoir catcher made it a memorable one.
After hitting four home runs during the entire regular season, Colton blasted four long balls in the deciding Game 3 of Wesleyan's state semifinal series against Savannah Benedictine — in a 19-16 losing effort.
Somehow, the Wolves scored just seven runs off Colton's perfect 4-for-4 afternoon at the plate, and yet still managed to get 16 across the plate, including seven in a seventh-inning comeback attempt. As Wesleyan coach Brian Krehmeyer told the Savannah Morning News, "You can't write a script for this type of game."
In 26 regular-season games, Colton totaled just four homers, but the Samford University signee collected another six more in 10 Class AA playoff games, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As the AJC noted, a player hitting four home runs in a losing effort has happened just once in the Major Leagues since 1901, and that also took place in Georgia. Former Atlanta Braves infielder Bob Horner accomplished the feat in an 11-8 loss to the Montreal Expos at Fulton County Stadium in 1986.
At least Colton can walk away from Wesleyan knowing he did everything to keep his team in contention.
All great things come to an end... After 4 years starting on this team, it's finally over. I love all of y'all, thanks for all the memories.
— Grant Colton (@GrantColton8) May 20, 2014