While the Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack will be playing to defend last year’s region softball title and earn a chance at a state championship, they showed their dedication in a different way Tuesday night.
Before their home- and season-opener against Thomson, the Lady Wolfpack announced they were dedicating the season to Ed Amerson, their longtime supporter who passed away in June.
“When they were talking about that over the intercom, it kind of choked us all up a little bit because this is one of the first games he hasn’t been here behind the plate, screaming at the umpires, helping us out,” said junior right fielder Maddie Hunt. “It’s an awesome thing to play for, definitely, because it gives me something to compete for and know that he’s looking down on us.”
Hunt was a key piece in the Lady Wolfpack’s 9-0, five-inning win over the Lady Dogs (2-4), banging out three hits with two RBI.
Head coach Garrett Black wasn’t happy with his team’s pre-game routine, but once the game started there wasn’t much to incur his displeasure.
When pitcher Kirsten Titus walked a batter and allowed a first-inning single, catcher Lee Anne Rees fired down to first, picking off the runner who strayed too far, recording the third out of the inning.
Carrying that momentum to the offensive side, Kirsten McMonigle and Hunt led off with consecutive triples before Titus belted a one-out, two-run homer over the right-centerfield fence.
Titus didn’t talk about her hitting, but rather the inspiration her teammates provided.
“I know all my girls have my back and just having those two (McMonigle and Hunt) start the game off big like that, I was like dang this is going to be a great season,” Titus said.
Titus (1-0) worked three innings, allowing a lone hit while striking out three and walking two. She also added a double and drove in three runs.
Julie Underwood finished the final two innings in relief, also allowing just one hit and a walk.
Offensively, the Lady Wolfpack banged out 10 hits, with the two triples, two doubles and home run.
Hunt took the Lady Wolfpack’s game plan to heart after her first-inning triple. She then slapped an RBI single in the second inning and reached on a bunt single in the third.
“We’re going to take what the defense gives us and that’s something we work on every day,” said Black.
The win was a little bittersweet for Black, who missed his friend.
“It was different, it’s been about 17 years that we’ve had somebody out there hollering at the umpires,” said Black. “I thought I would enjoy not having the umpire coming down and telling me, ‘Hey, the guy in the front row needs to shut his mouth.’ I missed it today.”