In the midst of playing 12 games in eight days, with just a off day on Sunday, the Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack have been making short work of their opponents.
Monday, the Lady Wolfpack (9-2) beat Washington-Wilkes 14-1 in three innings; Tuesday, they dispatched Grovetown 13-0 in four innings and Wednesday they sent the Cross Creek Lady Razorbacks home with an 8-0, five-inning loss.
After pitching a perfect game against Grovetown, junior Kirsten Titus (7-1) followed it up by allowing the Lady Razorbacks just one hit in four innings of work while striking out five. After getting the win Monday, junior Julie Underwood came on in relief in the fifth inning and struck out two.
“She’s (Titus) been throwing the ball well, she really has,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black. “I think most importantly the mental part of it is changing for her out there in the circle and the same for Julie, too...They’re both doing a great job for us in the circle.”
Kirsten McMonigle and Maddie Hunt set the tone for the Lady Wolfpack in the first inning. McMonigle led off with a single off Lady Razorback pitcher Katlin Yarid (6-4) and promptly stole second base. Maddie Hunt singled her to third and then stole second base. McMonigle would score on an error and Hunt came home on a Titus RBI groundout, and that would be more than enough.
The Lady Wolfpack finished the night with six stolen bases.
“You see our style, we rely on our speed,” Black said. “We try to get a run or two here and there every chance we get and speed shows up every day.”
The Lady Wolfpack scratched out runs in each inning, scoring one in the second and third innings, plating three in the fourth and ending it in the fifth when Monica Mullis doubled home Jordie Holt.
Mullis, McMonigle, Taylor DuPree and Lee Anne Rees paced the Lady Wolfpack with two hits apiece.
Meanwhile, Titus allowed a Yarid single to right leading off the third inning, but she was doubled up and Titus ended the inning with a strikeout. She kept it going in the fourth inning with three consecutive punch-outs.
Titus’ performance is something the defense has become accustomed to.
“You have to have pitching to compete in the game and that’s what we rely on, and she’s great at what she does,” senior shortstop DuPree said of Titus.