After seeing six games washed out by weather, Greenbrier High School softball head coach Garrett Black was determined to play the game against Morgan County Wednesday night.
It was a battle just to get the game going. They outlasted a 102-minute lightning delay and used 30 bags of field drying agent, spread across the field by the field crew, coaches and parents, to render the field playable.
Once the Lady Wolfpack took the field, they found themselves in a battle with the Lady Bulldogs. The momentum swung both ways throughout the contest, but in the end the Region 8-AAA Lady Bulldogs prevailed, 11-8.
“They have a good team and we wanted to play it, plus we’ve only played one game so far this year,” said Black on the importance of getting the game in.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-3) came out pounding the ball with three first-inning doubles, taking a quick 2-0 lead, but pitcher Julie Underwood (0-1) minimized the damage recording the final two outs with the bases loaded.
The Lady Wolfpack (1-1) got some clutch hitting in the bottom of the first to regain the lead. With one out, Maddie Hunt, Taylor Dupree and Kirsten Titus singled to load the bases. One out later, Brooke Mackelburg whacked the first pitch she saw to the base of the wall in left field for a bases-clearing double. Two wild pitches later the Lady Wolfpack’s lead was 4-2.
After an uneventful second inning, Underwood didn’t make it out of the third as the Lady Bulldogs tagged her for four more runs, taking a 6-4 advantage.
Kirsten Titus recorded the final two outs of the third inning and went the rest of the way, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts.
The teams had to sit through another 31-minute lightning delay at the end of the third inning, then the Lady Bulldogs scored four quick runs to stretch their lead to 10-4.
After scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the Lady Wolfpack plated two more in the bottom of the sixth. They missed an opportunity to apply pressure as they had runners on second and third with just one out and couldn’t bring them home.
While scoring eight runs, the Lady Wolfpack also committed four errors and weren’t as crisp as they were in the season-opener, making Black displeased.
“It was more our body language, just our approach,” Black said. “Just the little things I wasn’t very happy with...Morgan County has a good team, they swung the bats well and they beat us. I know it’s game two but we’ve got a long ways to go.”