Chris Wilkins didn’t want to see some rare defensive miscues take away Jordan Hunt’s gem.
They didn’t – at least not entirely.
After two late errors behind Hunt, the Greenbrier pitcher induced a grounder to finish off a 3-2 home win against Harlem on Wednesday night.
“I think that was the best we’ve pitched all year, and the best he’s pitched all year,” said Wilkins, Greenbrier’s coach. “I think it’s a blemish to one of our best efforts of the year.”
Hunt was masterful for most of the night, with Harlem starting pitcher Tyler Wirsu almost matching him.
Hunt’s changeup was in peak form, and the pitcher twice recorded three strikeouts to record all three half-inning outs. He also surrendered only four hits as Harlem didn’t score until the final inning.
But both starters cruised early in the game, and it took Hunt to spark any offensive damage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hunt stepped up to the plate after an error allowed Spencer Duffie to reach. After Duffie stole second, Hunt drove him in to finally break the scoreless tie.
The Wolfpack (17-2) added a run in the next two innings, with leadoff triples from Tyler Fournier in the fifth and Hunt in the sixth providing perfect scoring opportunities.
With the 3-0 lead, Greenbrier appeared to be safe. But Harlem (14-6) battled back in its last at-bat, with some help by Greenbrier defensive lapses.
Earlier in the game, the Bulldogs wasted a bases-loaded, one-out chance by coming up empty.
But in the seventh, two drops worked with Logan May’s double and a sacrifice fly. The second drop, this time in the shallow outfield, scored the second run, but Hunt finally secured the victory – Greenbrier’s second against Harlem this season.
“I was disappointed, but you can’t let it get to your head,” Hunt said about the errors. “All it takes is one pitch.”