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Lady Wolfpack win two at cancer-awareness tournament

Posted: September 16, 2012 - 8:41am  |  Updated: September 17, 2012 - 11:37am
Teammates greet Greenbrier's Brooke Mackelburg at home plate after she belted a game-tying home run Saturday morning against Harris County. The Lady Wolfpack went on to win 4-3.
Teammates greet Greenbrier's Brooke Mackelburg at home plate after she belted a game-tying home run Saturday morning against Harris County. The Lady Wolfpack went on to win 4-3.

While Greenbrier softball coaches and volunteers took care of things off the field at the two-day Mark Moseley Memorial Diamond Classic, the Lady Wolfpack took care of things on the field.
The Lady Wolfpack (17-5) beat Harris County 4-3 at Greenbrier Saturday morning then traveled down the road and defeated Salem, 9-5, at Patriots Park, the tournament's main site.
The 25-team cancer awareness tournament is named for Greenbrier's longtime assistant coach who died in 2010 after battling cancer.
Before Effingham County started tournament play Friday night, they had a gift to give.
The Lady Rebels softball team first presented Moseley's widow Joyce and her daughter Jennifer Shearouse with pink wristbands with MM on them and then presented them a check for $1,082 toward the cause.
"We always came up here and Mark did a good job of organizing the tournament," said Lady Rebels' head coach Matt Huntley, who called Moseley his friend. "It was just something we wanted to do."
While it was a team effort. Effingham County was supported by its community. To raise the money, the team bagged groceries at a local grocery store for eight hours on a Saturday and passed a bucket around during one of its home games.
"It means so much that other teams want to support cancer awareness," said Shearouse. "It's touching that people think so much of him," she said wiping a tear from her eye.
Greenbrier head coach Garrett Black was touched by the gesture as well.
"They raised over $1,000 for a man they didn't even know, and I'm talking about bagging groceries. To have teenage kids doing that kind of stuff is awesome."
On the field Saturday, Greenbrier started slow against Harris County (15-6), and trailed 3-0 heading into the fourth inning.
Brooke Mackelburg was involved throughout for the Lady Wolfpack as she had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game and the game-winning hit. Mackelburg's home run came two batters after Lee Anne Rees got the Lady Wolfpack on the board with a solo shot over the left-field fence.
"Lee Anne's home run was the one that started it off," said Mackelburg.
Kirsten Titus (12-3) was stung for three runs in the third inning whn she allowed five of her eight hits, but was lights out before and after, finishing with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Lady Wolfpack made Titus a winner scoring the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Against Salem, Greenbrier held on for the 9-5 win as Black used all ends of his bench.
Julie Underwood (5-2) pitched four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before coming out of the game for the final inning. Maddie Hunt was perfect in three trips to the plate, Jordie Holt had two hits in two at-bats and Kirsten McMonigle was two for three with two RBI.
Afterward, Black was effusive in his praise of others.
"A big thanks to Gwen Phillips at Coca Cola, Dr. Randy Meredith and the OAA Group and University Hospital, because without their efforts, we couldn't do what we do here with this cancer awareness tournament," said Black. "I want to throw out a gigantic thank you to the Greenbrier parents. They go above and beyond doing things for these kids...I know Coach Moseley is up there smiling today."

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