With Friday night’s doubleheader sweep of Brunswick, Greenbrier advanced to the second round of the Region 2-AAAA Tournament, clinched a spot in the state tournament and reached 20 wins on the season.
That still didn’t leave the Wolfpack feeling satisfied.
“We have to play better,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said after his squad registered wins of 8-0 and 8-6. “If we play like we did tonight we’ll lose. There’s no question, it will be an early exit.”
The Wolfpack (20-2, 12-0) will play host to the next round of the region tournament Tuesday night against an opponent still to be determined.
The Wolfpack got hits from every player in the lineup in both games and took advantage of Brunswick (9-13, 5-7) mistakes.
In the first game, Jordan Hunt (6-0) pitched a seven-hit shutout with six strikeouts. Even with runners on base in nearly every inning, Hunt was never in serious trouble and was able to induce two double-play balls.
Greenbrier tagged starter J.R. Van Allen (3-3) for three runs in the first, leading off the game with three consecutive hits.
They added one in the second and finished with four in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
In the nightcap, the Wolfpack weren’t as sharp, committing two errors behind Austin Robinson (7-0).
Still, the Wolfpack led 8-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Four hits and a walk knocked Robinson out of the game. Adam Grice came on to record his fifth save, despite starting with a walk and a hit-batsman.
Taylor Glover led Greenbrier with four hits in the twin bill with four RBI. Hunt provided the power for the night with a blast over the 380-sign in center field in the fifth inning of game two, giving the Wolfpack a 6-1 advantage.