Following the script they’ve written for the most part in the postseason, the Greenbrier High School Wolfpack split with Whitewater Monday night.
Vying for a spot in the championship round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state baseball tournament, the Wolfpack took out the Wildcats 3-2 in Game 1 before losing 14-5 in the nightcap.
“We’ve done this four out of five (postseason) series now,” said Wolfpack head coach Jason Osborn of the split. “Tomorrow we have to play better defense and have better quality at-bats. You have to win two out of three, it doesn’t matter which two.”
The Wolfpack (26-8) were set to play host to the Wildcats (30-6) Tuesday at 5 p.m.
In the first game, Adam Sasser provided all the offense the Wolfpack would need with a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning.
Nick Sandlin (13-0) got the
win gritting out six innings of work. Looking like he was in
pain, Sandlin walked the leadoff batter in the seventh inning. He threw one ball to the next batter before it was apparent he couldn’t continue and was taken out by Osborn.
He allowed one earned run with eight strikeouts.
Hogan battled through two errors behind him in the seventh and the Wildcats scored twice before Hogan earned his first save of the year.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead in Game 2, but the Wildcats scored three in the first, one in the second and two in the third, taking a 6-4 lead they would not relinquish.
Hogan (9-3) took the loss with 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing six runs on eight hits.
Each team had 12 hits in the game, but the Wolfpack left the bases loaded three times. Chris Michals led the way for the Wolfpack with two doubles and his 10th home run of the year with two RBI.
Leading 6-4, the Wildcats’ Nick Fuerstenau doubled home three runs in the fifth inning and hit a grand slam in the sixth to blow the game open.