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Wolfpack scratch out win over Grovetown

Posted: February 29, 2012 - 10:41pm  |  Updated: February 29, 2012 - 10:45pm
Greenbrier shortstop Hunter Boose finishes a double play before Cody McAllister can break it up in the top of the 2nd inning Wednesday night.
Greenbrier shortstop Hunter Boose finishes a double play before Cody McAllister can break it up in the top of the 2nd inning Wednesday night.

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When Greenbrier and Grovetown played Wednesday night, the type of game was far different from what they had a week ago.

Greenbrier won that contest 12-0, and while the outcome was the same, the Wolfpack had to work hard to scratch out the 4-3 win.

The Wolfpack (3-0) scored single runs in the first and third innings off Grovetown (2-3) starter Garrett Haskins (0-2), staking their starter Adam Sasser to a 2-0 lead. Each time, their leadoff batter reached base, was sacrificed to second and ultimately came around to score.

Sasser gave up hits in each of the first three innings but got out unscathed each time. The fourth inning would be different.

The Warriors Ryan Beasley doubled to start the inning, Phillip Dukes walked one out later then both scored on a single by Cody McAllister and an RBI groundout by Mitch Davis, respectively. A double by Michael Cornett plated McAllister for their first lead of the night.

Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins had seen enough and brought in reliever Adam Grice, who got the final out of the inning and didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way to get his first win of the season.

“I thought he did a fantastic job,” Wilkins said of his right-handed submarine-style pitcher. “You don’t see too many pitches coming from that angle.”

Sasser finished allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two.

The Wolfpack immediately responded to re-take the leadin the bottom of the fourth. Haskins walked Rhett Stanley and Tyler Fournier, and they scored when Taylor Glover’s drive to the 380-mark in centerfield ticked off Cornett’s glove after a long run.

“I was seeing the ball good tonight,” said Glover, who went 2 for 2 with 3 RBI.

Haskins was hit-or-miss on the night, striking out 10 but still walking five.

“This was a good win,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins. “With that team and (Garrett) Haskins on the mound, they’re going to be tough to beat.”

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