Jordan Hunt looked for an expected first-pitch fastball, and he got it.
Hunt hit a loud double in the first inning and also starred on the mound as Greenbrier defeated Effingham County, 11-0, in five innings Thursday night in the Region 2-AAAA baseball tournament.
The Wolfpack beat the Rebels for the third time this season and earned a No. 3 seed in the upcoming Class AAAA state playoffs.
Already up 2-0 behind RBI singles from Brandon Whisman and Kyler Timmerman, Greenbrier doubled its advantage on Hunt's two-out double. The Wolfpack scored five runs in the game with two outs.
With a 4-0 lead after only one inning, started Hunt dominated by striking out nine and conceding just two hits as he has improved at throwing at his spots since early in the season.
"That sounds pretty good," Hunt said about his strikeout total. "I've grown a lot [as a pitcher] and I got my curveball working."
Seven went down looking in only five innings against Hunt as the Wolfpack won by the run rule thanks to big early innings offensively only two days after a tough loss to South Effingham, 4-3.
In the second inning, Greenbrier pounded out five hits and had four consecutive RBI.
The first two hitters reached safely to force Rebels starter D.J. Driggers out of the game. Greenbrier's Jake Sandlin followed with an RBI groundout and Whisman added the second of his three hits of the game with his RBI single.
Whisman also scored three times.
"I was just trying to stay comfortable," said Whisman.
Taylor Glover the doubled to make it 7-0 before Will Price had a two-run blast.
The Wolfpack put up two more runs in the third, with one thanks to a Spencer Duffie RBI single, and Hunt kept it up by striking out four of the last six hitters.
"Jordan looked really good, and he's done that a lot for us," Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins said.
Wilkins, who said the pitching staff has overachieved this season, can now focus on the state tournament as Greenbrier wrapped up play in a tough region by finishing third in the tournament.
"That pays dividends," Wilkins said about competing in a tough region. "All four teams are battle-tested."