Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins really didn’t want his Wolfpack to have to play a third game against South Forsyth today in the second round of the Class AAAA baseball state playoffs.
So when Clint Hardy drilled a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Thursday, all but winning the game, it was special for a few reasons.
“My wife (Rebecca) is giving birth tomorrow and I just want to be a dad tomorrow,” said Wilkins, who said the name for his daughter will be Maris. “It was tough to conceal my emotions. It was definitely a struggle. The team had my back today and I just love’em.”
The Wolfpack (26-2) added another run after Hardy’s homer and won the second game of the doubleheader, 5-2, after a 4-1 win in the opener.
The Wolfpack’s aces – Jordan Hunt and Austin Robinson – both came through with complete games.
In Game 1, Hunt (8-0) walked one and gave up two hits in the first inning as the War Eagles (20-10) jumped on top 1-0. He then went into shutdown mode, allowing just one more hit the rest of the way and finished with six strikeouts.
“I felt good in that first game,” Hunt said. “It was all coming together.”
Hunt was tough at the plate as well with three hits and three RBI. His first-inning double in Game 1 gave the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. He also hit a first-inning single in Game 2 that gave the Wolfpack an early 1-0 lead.
In Game 2, Robinson (9-0) battled for nine innings, his third extra-innings win of the season. He struck out eight and had great defensive play behind him. In three-consecutive innings, second baseman Connor Hoover started two double plays and made a diving stop behind second base to get a forceout to end the inning. In the sixth inning, first baseman Adam Grice made a diving grab of an attempted suicide squeeze and threw to third to complete the inning-ending double play and saved a run.
Greenbrier will play host to Marist, which defeated Mundy’s Mill, on Tuesday.