With an offensive display of speed and power Wednesday night, No. 1 seed Greenbrier proved to be too much for fourth-seeded Richmond Hill, winning 12-5 and 11-2 in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state softball playoffs.
The Lady Wolfpack (27-6) banged out 24 hits in the doubleheader.
“We feel like we can compete with anybody, especially when we’re playing on our field,” Greenbrier head coach Garrett Black said.
“There are still some things we have to fix defensively,” he added, referring to the team’s four errors.
The Lady Wolfpack will have a week to work things out before they play host to Ola in the second round next Wednesday.
Sophomore right fielder Maddie Hunt was a thorn in the Wildcats’ (17-13) side with six hits in nine at-bats, including a triple in the fifth inning of Game 2 after previously reaching on five bunt singles. She also scored six runs.
“My coach asked me to hit because the third baseman was up all the time, so I hit,” Hunt said of her triple.
Hunt was also effusive in her praise of pitchers Kirsten Titus (19-4) and Julie Underwood (8-2), who earned wins.
Titus struck out nine while giving up five runs – two earned – in Game 1. Underwood followed and allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings while striking out three.
A six-run fourth inning broke open a tight first game.
Leadoff hitter Kirsten McMonigle’s RBI double over a drawn-in left field gave the Lady Wolfpack some breathing room at 4-2. Five batters later, Brooke Mackelburg put the finishing touches on the rally with a three-run homer over the right-center field fence.
The Lady Wildcats committed five errors in the first game, and their four errors in the second game led to four unearned runs before the Lady Wolfpack finished the game with a five-run fifth-inning runs.