After winning its first six games of the season, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack softball team lost two, one in nine innings to Madison County and the other in 10 to Walnut Grove.
Head coach Garrett Black was worried about a letdown, but his players responded with a 9-0, five-inning home win over Cross Creek Tuesday night.
“We have a lot of work to do, but at this stage of the game, I’m pleased with where we are,” said Black. “Two games we lost – they beat us. We didn’t help them out, they earned it.”
Sophomore pitcher Kirsten Titus got into a first-inning jam Tuesday when the Lady Razorbacks (1-2) loaded the bases with two outs. She would get a routine popup to shortstop to end the inning and cruised the rest of the way, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
Titus (6-1) wasn’t nervous about the situation.
“I knew that I have a good defense and I knew that if anything happened I have a great offense that would back me up,” Titus said.
After Titus struck out two in the top of the second, center fielder Taylor Thompson made a spectacular diving grab to rob Cross Creek’s Katelyn Dawson of a hit.
“We’re playing very good defense and we’re getting good pitching,” Black said. “We’re going to put some pressure on you offensively and see what happens.”
All but two players got a hit and all but one scored for the Lady Wolfpack. They scored three runs in the first, with runs scoring on a Taylor Dupree single, a Lee Anne Rees fielder’s choice and a Titus double off the center-field wall.
Heather Peterson pitched a complete game for the Lady Razorbacks, allowing the nine runs on nine hits with four walks and a strikeout.
“We’ve got to learn how to start putting pressure on the other team instead of always pressure being put on us,” said Cross Creek head coach Lisa White. “We’re not hitting the ball. We’ve got five hits in the last two ball games.”
Dupree’s workmanlike at-bats produced three runs with RBIs on a single, fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. Kirsten McMonigle had two hits and scored twice while Maddie Hunt singled and scored twice.
Brooke Mackelburg’s second hit of the night was a two-out, two-run double, capping the Lady Wolfpack’s five-run fourth.