Simmons brothers share a different type of brotherly bond
It’s about 7 a.m., and head coach Joey Hiller is arriving to start his day at Tattnall Square. As he gets out of his car, he hears the crack of a baseball smacking off a bat.
After a while, he gets used to that sound. Most students are getting ready for school that early in the morning. Not Blake and Logan Simmons. They are out on the diamond, perfecting their game.
That’s the work ethic Hiller enjoys so much about the Simmons brothers: their determination to better themselves in baseball.
“They are two of the hardest workers we’ve had in our program,” Hiller said.
That hard work helped give Tattnall Square its first GHSA baseball title, and nobody wanted to win it more than Logan. He wanted his older brother to leave Tattnall Square as a state champion.
Blake and Logan’s play on the field is seamless. They always have each other’s backs and are picking each other up. They know each others’ next move.
“We always have a bond of playing in the infield together,” said Blake, a second baseman and now a Tattnall Square graduate. “The chemistry is so strong. If we didn’t play together for a year, it would still be there; it’s a trust thing.”
Blake and Logan push each other out on the field, and that came through loud and clear in the final game in the GHSA Class A private school title series, Blake and Logan’s final game together. Tattnall Square had exhausted its entire bullpen through the first two games, and in a winner-take-all game, Logan was ready to take the mound.
“He was very nervous,” Blake said of his younger brother. “I gave him a talk before the game. I told him, ‘Nnobody is built for this like you are.’ ”
Those words instilled confidence in Logan, and he led Tattnall Square to a 5-0 win for the title.
“I feel like we did it together, me and him,” Logan said.
Blake will attend Georgia Southern in the fall to continue playing baseball. While he is grateful for the opportunity, it won’t be the same because he won’t have his brother at shortstop next to him.
Logan said his high school baseball career wouldn’t be where it it now if it weren’t for his brother. He said the one thing he’ll miss is turning double plays with Blake. His favorite double play came against Pope in February.
It was a tight game. With one out and one runner on base, a grounder went to Logan, who flipped it to Blake and got the double play to close the inning.
“The dynamic duo do it again,” Logan said. “I’m going to miss the fire he brings to the game.”
Blake said he’ll miss going to the batting cage every day. He’ll miss hitting with his younger brother, he’ll miss learning from him, he’ll miss “cutting up” with him. The 7 a.m. training sessions might not be the same, but the chemistry will never fade.
“We’re like twins,” Logan said.