Greenbrier accomplished several things Friday with its 8-0, 8-6 sweep of Brunswick.
The home sweep for the No. 1 seed in Region 2-AAAA ensured they would play host to round two at home Tuesday night, and be one win away from playing for the region championship Friday night at home.
Coming in off a regular season in which they were 18-2 and a perfect 10-0 in the region, the Wolfpack reached 20 wins for the year and qualified for the state playoffs.
But that didn’t leave the team feeling satisfied.
“Our goal is to win the region championship and then move on to state,” Wolfpack catcher Taylor Glover said
Glover led the Wolfpack’s offensive attack with three doubles and a single in the twin-bill, adding four RBI.
Offensively, the games mirrored one another. In both, the Wolfpack scored eight runs on 11 hits, with every member in the lineup getting at least one hit.
Defensively, it was another story.
In the first game, the Wolfpack defense was solid behind starter Jordan Hunt (6-0), who pitched a seven-hit shutout with six strikeouts. Even with Brunswick (9-13, 5-7) runners on base in nearly every inning, Hunt was never in serious trouble and was able to induce two double-play balls to avoid potential threats.
As the visitor in the nightcap, however, the Wolfpack weren’t as sharp. They committed two errors behind starter Austin Robinson, who lasted 6 2/3 innings while running his record to 7-0.
“We have to play better,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins. “If we play like we did tonight we’ll lose. There’s no question it will be an early exit.”
In the first game, the Wolfpack got to starter J.R. Van Allen (3-3) for three runs in the first, leading off the game with three-consecutive hits. They added one in the second and finished with four in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
In the second game, the Wolfpack built a 8-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Four hits and a walk knocked Robinson out of the game. Adam Grice came on to record his fifth save of the year, despite starting with a walk and a hit batsman before getting the final two outs.
Hunt provided the power for the night with a blast over the 380-sign in center field in the fifth inning of game two, giving the Wolfpack a 6-1 advantage.