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Lady Wolfpack rally for key sub-region win

Posted: September 12, 2015 - 11:37pm
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McMonigle steals second ahead of the throw to Grovetown's Elizabeth Metress. Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack defeated the Lady Warriors 2-1.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
McMonigle steals second ahead of the throw to Grovetown's Elizabeth Metress. Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack defeated the Lady Warriors 2-1.

With the first half of Region 2A-AAAAA softball play complete, jockeying for the four spots in the five-team sub-region now begins.

Grovetown High School played the defending region and Class AAAAA state champion Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack tough Wednesday night, but the “Cardiac ‘Pack” pulled through in the end, beating Grovetown, 2-1.

The Lady Wolfpack made it through the first half of their Region 2A-AAAAA schedule with a 4-0 record while improving to 13-2 overall. Firmly in the driver’s seat in sub-region play, Greenbrier coach Garrett Black knows his team can’t relent.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Black said. “Anybody can beat anybody in this region if you don’t show up to play as evident tonight. That’s what we have to understand. We step on the field, we’re getting everybody’s best shot.”

Grovetown fell to 11-5, 0-4 and will face Lakeside in a crucial matchup on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers beat Grovetown in the teams’ first meeting on Aug. 25, scoring the winning run in the seventh inning, and sit one game above the Lady Warriors for the final spot.

Grovetown coach Shane McCook would have liked to beat Greenbrier on Wednesday, but knows the path to the tournament is still in front of them.

“Tuesday was huge anyways,” said McCook of the upcoming game. “Win or lose this game we’ve still got to beat Lakeside. I feel much better with this team. This is the best team we’ve had on the field since Grovetown opened. That’s a fact. That’s the best game we’ve played since Grovetown opened. I’m proud of that, I’m proud of the girls.”

In the first inning Wednesday, the Lady Wolfpack surrendered a run on a hit followed by two, two-out errors.

“We were the team that looked uncomfortable,” Black said. “We did and that’s not our trademark. We found a way to win. Give a lot of credit to Grovetown, I thought their kids competed very well tonight, gave themselves a chance to win and that’s all you ask the kids to do.”

Giving the Lady Wolfpack a chance to win was sophomore Brianna Butler, who would slam the door on the Lady Warriors from there.

She would allow just one more hit, a Julia Anderson two-out double in the seventh inning, and finish with 12 strikeouts.

“She kills it, like every time,” said Lady Wolfpack senior catcher Hannah Williamson. “She had just about every pitch working tonight, they only got one solid hit off of her. She goes out there with a lot of heart and really knows how to throw it.”

Grovetown hurler Peyton Peacock did a good job against the Lady Wolfpack batters, scattering eight hits with three strikeouts.

The Lady Wolfpack scored the tie run on a two-out error in the fourth inning and were threatening in the sixth when Peacock got some help behind her.

With runners on second and third and one out, Grovetown first baseman Diamond Williams snared Lydia Hunt’s low liner and threw to third to double up the runner, ending the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Wolfpack would not be denied. With the bases loaded and one out, Williamson ended the game, singling home the winning run.

Shortstop Kirsten McMonigle led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to second before Peacock intentionally walked the bases loaded which brought up Williamson.

“I had hit two balls solid so I went up there and I was like I’m due right now, I’ve got this, I’ve got to do this for my team,” Williamson said.

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