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Wolfpack soccer in state finals; baseball in semifinals

Posted: May 17, 2012 - 2:13pm
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Jim Blaylock/staff Greenbrier's Clint Hardy is greeted after scoring. He had just tripled in two runs against Marist in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.
Jim Blaylock/staff Greenbrier's Clint Hardy is greeted after scoring. He had just tripled in two runs against Marist in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

While Greenbrier High School’s baseball team was sweeping Marist on Tuesday evening, the Wolfpack soccer team was putting away Starr’s Mill in a state semifinal match.

The soccer team’s win set up a AAAA title run at Lambert High School (22-0) on Friday, while the baseball team takes on Whitewater High School at home Monday in the semifinals of the state AAAA playoffs.

Jordan Hunt, the Region 2-AAAA Player of the Year, and Austin Robinson pitched complete games to earn a two-game sweep of Marist.

The Wolfpack (28-2) likely will throw Hunt (9-0) and Robinson (10-0) against Region 3’s Wildcats, who are the 2011 state runner-up.

Against Marist, Taylor Glover led the way in game one with three RBI in the 7-2 win before the Wolfpack took Game 2 by a 5-3 score.

After allowing two runs in the first, Hunt bounced back by striking out the side in the second. He gave up just two hits the rest of the way.

“I was nervous to begin with, but I was able to settle down and hit my spots,” Hunt said.

In the fourth, Greenbrier’s Clint Hardy drove in two runs on a triple and was driven home on Glover’s single. The three-run fourth gave the Wolfpack a four-run lead.

Hunt added to his day with the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning of game two. Hunt and Adam Grice each drove in a run to break a tie.

In Robinson’s complete-game win, he allowed three runs on eight hits. He also followed a similar pattern as Hunt, allowing two early runs before settling in and giving up just one more run.

“He found a way,” Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins said. “He was emotional early, jacked up, and was living and dying with every pitch. But he settled down and did a fantastic job.”

Greenbrier soccer team shuts out Starr’s Mill

The Wolfpack soccer team was ready for a trip to Suwanee, Ga., for its title shot after making its way through the state tournament.

“We’ve always struggled being an Augusta school, when we get into the playoffs, playing the big Atlanta schools,” Wolfpack coach Chip Warren said.

“We’ve played three of them now this year (and) beat every one of them pretty decisively. We know what the level of competition is going to be ... and we’ve reached the top of the competition level.”

The Wolfpack (20-1-1) had yet to give up a goal in the state tournament, so it was huge when they jumped out on top of Starr’s Mill (18-2-2) on a James Toombs’ goal at the 34:28 mark of the first half.

The Wolfpack all but put it away with just over 11 minutes to play in the game when Scott Ball passed from the right sideline to the left half of the field to Reed Norton, who blasted in the clincher, giving Greenbrier the 2-0 win.

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