For the past three years, Greenbrier has been eliminated from the state playoffs by the eventual champion.
After falling 9-0 in six innings and then 8-0 to No. 1-ranked Union Grove on Thursday evening, Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black believes the Wolverines could keep the trend going for a fourth year.
“They’re pretty solid,” Black said Thursday night after Greenbrier bowed out in the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament. “Good defense, great pitching, and they have a few girls in the lineup who can swing the bat.
“They’ll be a very tough out.”
It was the 18th and 19th shutouts of the season – and ninth in a row – for Union Grove (32-4).
Greenbrier (29-8) had a chance to score early in each game, but couldn’t break through against Wolverines ace Megan Getsa.
“We just didn’t get the big hit, and they ended up getting a couple big hits when they needed them,” Black noted. “I’d sum it up by saying that they were just better than we were.”
Black decided to insert Taylor Thompson into the lineup for the series.
Part of the decision was that he thought Getsa would be dominant against right-handed batters, while Thompson is a slap-type hitter who offered a different look.
The junior totaled three hits in the two games, the only Wolfpack player with multiple hits in the series. Black said that she’ll be a big part of the team’s plans for next season.
While the Wolfpack didn’t win their region this year, their head coach stressed that this year’s graduating seniors have had quite a career.
It included three region titles and a state runner-up finish last season.
“I’m just proud of our kids,” Black said. “I’m proud of our senior class. They’ve had one heck of a ride. I guarantee you there’s a lot of kids throughout the state of Georgia wishing they could’ve experienced the journey they got to experience.”