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Greenbrier heads to baseball championship

Posted: May 21, 2013 - 11:30pm
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Clint Hardy pitched against Whitewater.  File photo by Jim Blaylock
File photo by Jim Blaylock
Clint Hardy pitched against Whitewater.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Green­brier High School swept Whitewater in the state baseball semifinals Monday, winning the first game 5-4 in nine innings and taking the clincher 6-3 on Monday.

The Wolfpack will play either Pope or Starr’s Mill on Saturday – the day the seniors are scheduled to graduate.

Greenbrier trailed in the sixth inning of the opener and as late as the fifth in the second game. Greenbrier scored all 11 runs with two outs, and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning of the first game.

Greenbrier got a complete game in the nightcap from starter Austin Robinson, who allowed three runs on six hits, striking out six and walking one.

“Just keeping my team in the game,” Robinson said. “They’ll come up with some run support sooner or later.”

Taylor Turner’s two-run inside-the-park home run gave Whitewater the first lead in the top of the fourth.

Greenbrier struggled for the first 4⅔ innings against left-hander Ethan Gillis, but the Wolfpack broke through for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth, all after two outs. Conner Hoover and Taylor Glover had RBI doubles in the inning.

In Game 1, the Wolfpack overcame an early 4-0 deficit and Hardy’s RBI single in the ninth plated Adam Grice with the winning run. Christian Hill pitched a perfect ninth.

In the eighth, Grice started the inning with two strikeouts, but Whitewater loaded the bases on an error, a walk and a hit batsman. With a full count against Chandler Raiden, pinch-runner Tyler Burdette wandered off third and Grice picked him off to end the inning.

“I think the mark of any great team is the ability to respond to adversity,” Green­brier coach Chris Wilkins said.

Whitewater led 4-0 after two innings.

Grice belted a solo shot in the fifth, and his two-run double highlighted Greenbrier’s three-run sixth to tie the game. In the sixth, Glover doubled and moved to third on an error, then scored on a groundout by Adam Sasser.

Sasser started and lasted five innings, allowing four runs. Grice tossed three innings of scoreless relief.

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