Even though they started their baseball season almost two weeks late because of four rainouts, the Greenbrier High School Wolfpack looked in midseason form Thursday night.
The Wolfpack got a dominating pitching performance, a solid and sometimes spectacular defensive effort and a potent offensive attack that banged out 11 hits in a 12-1, five-inning win over Westside.
“It’s definitely nice to play,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins, whose squad was the 2012 Class AAAA state runner-up. “Practice is good for coaches, but the players are just tired of practice and I understand that.”
Senior Austin Robinson, who was 11-1 for the Wolfpack a year ago, allowed a run on a walk, single and sacrifice fly to the Patriots’ first three batters of the game, then shut them down. After the first inning, he was able to keep the Patriots (1-2) off balance with a big breaking curveball. He finished his five innings of work giving up the run on two hits while striking out six. He appreciated the run support he got.
“The guys did a great job of hitting,” said Robinson. “If we play every game like we did tonight, we’ll be tough.”
Among the Wolfpack’s 11 hits were four doubles, including three in the fourth inning as they scored five unearned runs, breaking open a close 3-1 game.
David Hagelston (0-1) took the loss for the Patriots, allowing eight runs (three earned) on nine hits in four innings of work. He got the first two outs with ease in each of the first four innings, but the final out proved to be the pesky one as the Wolfpack scored its first eight runs with two outs.
Adam Sasser started it as he singled home a run in the first to tie the game, then Travis Martinez and Steven Maier singled in runs in the second. With two outs in the fourth, Martinez walked, Conner Hoover doubled home a run, Maier doubled home two, Taylor Glover singled and Sasser’s RBI double ended the scoring.
Maier led the Wolfpack with three hits and four RBI, Sasser and Hoover had two hits and two RBI apiece and Chris Michals banged out two hits including a double.