Oconee County's Kasey Knight is too late with the tag as Greenbrier's Vicki Mazur runs to second base. Greenbrier won their first home game 3-0.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Kristan Glover might as well work for Pizza Hut or Papa John's.
Every time Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black calls on her, she delivers.
On Wednesday, Glover pitched a three-hit complete game shut out of defending Class-AAAA state champion Oconee County. The senior struck out eight for the top-ranked Wolfpack, which moved to 6-1 on the season.
Greenbrier scored on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and added two more on a two-out triple by Kayla Adams in the fourth.
That was more than enough for Glover.
"Anytime you get two of the best teams in the state together, you know you're going to have a great game," said Warriors head coach Brian Dickens. "Glover is an outstanding pitcher. You can't give her any breathing room."
Greenbrier senior Kristen Glover pitched for the win against Oconee County in their first game of the season on August 18, in Evans Georgia.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Black agreed with Dickens' assessment.
"When you play a team like Oconee County, you're only going to get about two chances to score," Black said. "We just happened to take advantage of both."
Glover stayed consistent throughout the game. She issued no walks and allowed only one runner past second base.
"She has pitched good so far this year," Black said. "But she is starting to pitch lights-out. Tonight was pretty impressive."
Glover has started five of the Wolfpack's six games and surrendered only two runs over 36 innings. She also has 46 strikeouts for this season and is closing in on 100 wins and 1,000 strikeouts for her career.
"I think I pitched pretty well," Glover said. "I got a huge lift from Kayla Adams' hit. I'm always happy to get a cushion.
"The defense played great and we had no errors. When everything is clicking, we are hard to beat."
Glover's only trouble came in the top of the fifth inning. A leadoff double by Jenny Arnold put the Warriors in a position to score.
A one-out single gave the Warriors runners on the corners but Glover got out of the inning with a strike out and a come-backer.
"(Glover) always asks us to give her more than one run for breathing room," Adams said. "On nights like tonight, she doesn't need it. She's good."
Black and the Wolfpack were particularly happy about beating the Warriors.
"I don't think we have ever beaten them in the regular season," Glover said. "This is a big win."
Black said he really wanted to play well against Oconee.
"When Greenbrier started playing fastpitch, Oconee was the team we modeled ourselves after," he said. "This one is extra special."
GREENBRIER 3, OCONEE COUNTY 0
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Scruggs and White (Oconee). Glover and Borum (Greenbrier). WP-Glover (4-1). LP-Scruggs. 2B-Arnold(Oconee). 3B-Adams(Greenbrier). Leading Hitters: Visitors- Arnold 1-for-3. Home-Adams 1-for-2, 2 RBI. Records: Greenbrier 6-1. Next: Greenbrier vs. Harlem (at Greenbrier) Wednesday 6 p.m.
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