Playing in its third game in three days, Greenbrier didn’t make the most of its opportunities Saturday and took its first loss of the season, falling 5-4 to Burke County.
The Wolfpack, (8-1) ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, were coming off a 5-0 win at Lakeside on Thursday and a 3-2, 10-inning affair with Effingham County on Friday night.
But the team wouldn’t blame fatigue for the loss.
“We’re a little worn out,” said Wolfpack senior outfielder Jordan Hunt. “Still that’s not an excuse.”
The Wolfpack trailed the Bears (5-4) from the outset as the first two batters of the game reached base off Wolfpack starter Christian Hill and came around to score.
The Wolfpack got one back in the bottom of the first on Hunt’s RBI single, but stranded four runners through four innings.
In the top of the fifth, Sheldin Middleton singled, driving in two runs as the Bears stretched the lead to 4-1.
The Wolfpack responded immediately.
Tyler Fournier walked and Hunter Boose singled, with Fournier scoring on Knox Marchman’s sacrifice fly. Taylor Glover bounced to the first baseman, but Boose was able to beat the throw home.
Singles by Spencer Duffie and Hunt filled the bags, but Adam Grice popped out and Clint Hardy hit a hard line drive, but right at the left fielder to end the threat.
In the sixth, Fournier drew a one-out walk, and Boose doubled him home on a hit-and-run to tie it.
After Hill issued a one-out walk, Grice came on in relief and surrendered an RBI single to Justin Thigpen in the top of the seventh.
Bobby Gay started for the Bears, but Chris Rouse came on in relief with one out in the sixth. He made things interesting in the seventh, hitting Hunt and Adam Sasser, but the Wolfpack couldn’t capitalize.
“They outplayed us,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said. “They got big hits when they needed them and we got big hits when we needed them. They just got one more. It was definitely tough (losing).”