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Baseball brothers eager to fight for title, battle on at next level

Colby Taylor, Brandon Bell, and Nick Fink have been baseball teammates and friends for years. They’re aiming to finish off their high school careers with a state title, but that won’t be the end of their playing days together. All three have signed with Georgia Highlands College.
Fink, Bell, and Taylor during their days at Sara Harp Minter Elementary.

The book has nearly closed on the Whitewater playing days for Brandon Bell, Nick Fink, and Colby Taylor, but their story as teammates has plenty left to be written. Starting way back in Little League and continuing now as the Wildcats have a state baseball title in their sights, the trio can already look forward to teaming up in college.
Bell at third base, Fink at first, and Taylor out of the pen are all vital cogs in a Whitewater baseball team ranked among the nation’s best. The team is already into the quarterfinals as they seek to win the county’s first baseball state championship since the 1960s. They bring talent, hard work, and senior leadership to a team on the rise. It’s been forged through years together on the diamond.
Their baseball brotherhood goes back many years, to Sara Harp Minter Elementary and Little League ball. Those days just playing for fun gave them some of their best memories.
“Definitely in Little League playing Warner Robins (in a tournament) was a good memory,” remembered Fink. “Even though we lost, we were out there just battling together.”
Through the many different teams, a couple things have been constant.
“I’ve played with them since little league, and we’ve always had successful teams,” said Bell.
The other constant is the brotherhood.
“It’s been great. They’ve always been good friends,” said Taylor. “I feel like we have a special bond.”
Regardless of the outcome of this season, it won’t nearly be the end of the line for these three as teammates. All three are committed to play for the Georgia Highlands College Chargers in Cartersville. Having the chance to play together was a major selling point for Georgia Highlands. There are schools everywhere where you can hit the diamond, but how often can you do it with your best friends?
“When I committed there, I was looking for at least one of them to commit there, too,” said Bell.
The same goes for the others. Asked if Bell and Taylor committing played into his choice, Fink was quite clear. “Absolutely,” he said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I knew people. I think we’re going to do great things.”
Moving to college can be a tricky transition. The trio will have an advantage, making the jump together.
“It’ll be great,” said Taylor. “It’ll be nice going in already having chemistry.”
Outside of the baseball field, they’ll even be roommates.
“It’s going to be great,” said Bell. “Rooming together and playing together, it will be a great time.”
Georgia Highlands may still be ahead, but there’s something more important looming right now. There’s the little matter of winning a state championship to finish off their time at Whitewater.
“We’ve been so close the past couple years, it’d be great to finish it off with a ring,” said Bell. “It’d be fantastic.”
A championship trophy would be a true highlight of what should be many more years of fun for the baseball brothers.
Fink sums it up best, “I always have them by my side, and we’re going to do great things in the future.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.