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Leadership Earns Bayliss a Scholarship

When Greg Bayliss gets behind the plate, he leads his team with an infectious enthusiasm for baseball. The Greenwich Legion senior team captain and catcher throws out runners as much as he has a smile on his face on the diamond, which is very often. His leadership on the field and his dedication to his schoolwork has led to being awarded the 2010 CT State American Legion Baseball Scholarship.

"I feel really honored," Bayliss said. "I'm pretty sure they had some pretty good applications and I feel very lucky to have been selected by the committee."

Bayliss, a Greenwich resident and recent graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, was a key member of the Greenwich Legion baseball program over the past four years and helped lead the Junior team to the state title in 2008. He graduated from Taft on the honor roll and earned the Taft Biology Department award. Greenwich manager Mike Abate nominated Bayliss for the $1,000 award and said he was proud that Greg received the scholarship.

"There's not a better kid to get that [scholarship] than him," Abate said. "The second half of this year he played with a hurt shoulder and he played through the pain. It shows you what type of kid he is—he put the team first and he put the team on his back."

Bayliss hopes to continue to play baseball at a high level when he attends the University of Virginia. Bayliss was recruited by several Division III teams, but wanted to challenge himself and try to make the Division I team as a walk-on. Bayliss said he will never forget his time with Greenwich Legion baseball.

"I had a great team and they're practically my family," Bayliss said. "It's really sad to move on, but we had a great run and I'm sure I'll be seeing them. It's a pretty nice memory."

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