LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Greenbrier was waiting – more like hoping – for the bats to finally make noise.
The barrage was on once one got through in the second.
After southpaw Christian Miller baffled the Wolfpack, allowing only one hit in five innings in a 4-2 Game 1 Loganville win, Greenbrier bounced back with 13 hits in the second game to pick up a 12-3 victory and stay alive.
“I dunno,” Clint Hardy said about why the attack woke up. “I just know we had to win the game and start hitting.”
Every Greenbrier player in the starting lineup had at least one hit in Game 2 – eight of them had a hit by the end of the third inning.
Success began in the second inning, when Jordan Hunt and Adam Grice both singled before Knox Marchman and Adam Sasser doubled and Hunter Boose hit a two-run homer.
By the end of the inning, the Wolfpack had put up five runs on five hits. In the first eight innings of the doubleheader, Greenbrier scored a total of two runs on two hits.
But as the Wolfpack saw in Game 1 – when a fly ball surprisingly kept going and going for a Loganville home run – the Red Devils could leave the yard, too.
Sure enough, Loganville star Clint Frazier hit a pair of solo home
Greenbrier matched him by answering in the next half inning after each of Frazier’s homers.
Grice was first, when he barely missed a home run on an RBI double in the third
Then, after Frazier homered to right field in the fifth, Hunt cleared the wall in the bottom of the inning. Connor Hoover brought home another run with an infield single.
With the win seemingly already in hand, Greenbrier added four runs in the sixth as Hunt and Marchman added two-run home runs.
Hours after they mustered only a single Game 1 against a starter with a stellar changeup, the Wolfpack hit four home runs in the next.
“We came back knowing we had to win,” Boose said.
After Saturday’s Game 2 victory, the Region 2-AAAA champs have survived two elimination games this postseason; they’ve scored a combined 27 runs in those games.
A similar showing Monday could give Greenbrier the title.
“We got a chance,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said. “That’s all we ask for.”