Guile, gumption keys for Clarkdale lefty

By Staff
SENIOR LEFTY Clarkdale's Justin Brewer gets the job done on the mound and at the plate for the Bulldogs.Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
April 1, 2002
There's more to being a good baseball player than having a load of natural ability. Work ethic, guile and leadership are three big qualities a successful player should have.
Clarkdale senior pitcher/outfielder Justin Brewer possesses these intangible attributes. He hopes it will be enough to continue playing the game he loves.
The Bulldogs are currently 7-12 on the season heading into today's matchup with 5A power Meridian. More importantly, though, they are 2-1 in Division 5-2A play.
Case in point was last week's win over Kemper County. It was a game where he tossed a one-hitter and struck out 15 Wildcats.
A love of baseball comes with the family in Brewer's case. His brother Kevin was a pitcher for Meridian Community College when they won the Region 23 and District Championships to earn one of the schools five berths in the National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Justin has been playing baseball since he was three.
Brewer is not known for his fastball, but more for his guile and grit as a pitcher.
He especially likes to cross up opponents with a sneaky change-up.
Brewer could have a future as a spot reliever at the junior college level, but being a starting pitcher would be something he would miss.
He has much better numbers at the plate. He is batting an impressive .421 with 20 RBIs and a home run.
Many of Brewer's best friends are playing baseball at the next level. It's where Brewer hopes to be next year.

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