Greenbrier softball coaches and volunteers took care of things off the field at the two-day Mark Moseley Memorial Diamond Classic, while the Lady Wolfpack took care of things on the diamond.
The Lady Wolfpack (17-5) beat Harris County 4-3 at Greenbrier on 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 of cancer in 2010.
Before Effingham County started tournament play, they had a gift to give.
The Lady Rebels softball team presented Moseley’s widow Joyce and her daughter Jennifer Shearouse with pink wristbands with MM on them and a check for $1,082.
“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.”
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, wiping a tear from her eye. “It’s touching that people think so much of him.”
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,” he said. “To have teenage kids doing that kind of stuff is awesome.”
Greenbrier had a slow start Saturday against Harris County (15-6), trailing 3-0
going into the fourth inning.
Brooke Mackelburg had three hits for the Lady Wolfpack, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game and the game-winning hit. Her 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.
Effingham’s Kirsten Titus (12-3) was stung for three runs in the third inning, allowing five of her eight hits, but was lights out before and after. She finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Lady Wolfpack scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Against Salem, Greenbrier held on for the 9-5 win.
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.
“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,” he said. “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.”