The Greenbrier High School softball team is taking its season one goal at a time, and Saturday afternoon the Lady Wolfpack reached a big one.
The Lady Wolfpack swept Warner Robins in the first round of the Region 2-AAAAA softball tournament, beating the Lady Demons 8-0, 16-0, qualifying for the 2013 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA State Softball Playoffs in the process.
They now turn their focus to the next goal.
“We want to secure home-field advantage in the (state) first round and then we’ll take the next day as it comes,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black.
To achieve their next goal, the Lady Wolfpack (24-4, 8-0 region) will have to first get through Houston County. They face the Lady Bears in the semifinals at the tournament site at Jones County on today at 3 p.m.
Saturday, it took until the third inning of the first game before the Lady Wolfpack pushed two runs across, but once they did they didn’t stop. The game was stopped in the sixth inning, and as the visitors in game two they plated 11 runs in the first inning before pitcher Julie Underwood entered the circle.
“There was definitely nerves in the beginning, after we got a few runs the nerves calmed down and we relaxed,” said junior Monica Mullis, who blasted a solo home run over the right-centerfield fence in the bottom of the fourth inning in game one. “Hitting is contagious,” she added.
Mullis would add a double and sacrifice fly in game two.
In the doubleheader, each starter got at least one hit in each game with the exception of Kirsten Titus, who walked twice in the second game.
Just one run would have held up for junior hurlers Titus and Underwood. Titus (15-3) pitched a complete game one-hitter while striking out 11, followed by Underwood’s (9-1) perfect three innings in which she struck out five.
While staked to an 11-0 lead, Underwood didn’t relax on the mound.
“It’s real important to keep the momentum going, so that first inning was probably the most important inning of the game because you had to get those three outs to stay on top,” said Underwood.
For the day, the Lady Wolfpack won with small ball, speed and power. Brooke Mackelburg had two of the team’s four doubles as she and Lee Anne Rees hit consecutive two-baggers in the 11-run first, each driving in two runs.
Jordie Holt singled in two runs and hit a run-scoring groundout in game one. She equaled her RBI total in game two with another RBI groundout and a deep sacrifice fly that scored runners from second and third.