Under a blazing sun, Greenbrier and Loganville split a doubleheader in the state finals. The Red Devils (30-9) took the first game 4-2 and the Wolfpack (31-4) rebounded for a 12-3 victory in the nightcap.
The split extended the series to a
winner-take-all third game in Loganville at 2 p.m. Monday.
“If they scheduled it on the moon, we’d find a way to get there,” Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins said. “It will be a fun game to watch. I hope it ends the way we want it to.”
Jordan Hunt and Austin Robinson both threw complete games, keeping the other Wolfpack arms fresh for the finale.
In Game 1, Hunt (10-1) scattered six hits, but gave up a three-run homer to Red Devils shortstop David Mayo that carried over the left-field wall in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Red Devils the 4-2 lead.
“I don’t know how that ball went out,” said Hunt of the homer.
Hunt was bested by the duo of Christian Miller and Brandon Pergantis, who combined to allow just a second-inning single to Adam Grice.
“We didn’t swing very well the first game, but the lefty (Miller) was pretty good,” Hunt said. “Eventually the team had to start hitting the ball and we did.”
Hunt was a large part of the offensive explosion in Game 2, accounting for two of the Wolfpack’s four home runs.
The Red Devils were the visitors for the nightcap and each time they scored a run, the Wolfpack were able to answer. The Red Devils scored a run in the second inning, and then the Wolfpack went to work.
Hunt singled and Grice singled him home. Knox Marchman doubled and Sasser doubled Grice and Marchman in. Hunter Boose stepped up and hit the big blow of the inning, a two-run homer over the left-center field fence to give the Wolfpack a 5-1 lead.
“It boosted my confidence to come out and do that because I didn’t hit very well in the first game,” Boose said. “That gave us a momentum booster.”
Bolstered by the lead, Robinson went out and allowed two home runs to Red Devils’ slugger Clint Frazier and finished by giving up seven hits while striking out four.
“There was a lot of pressure until we started to score,” said Robinson. “It’s fun to pitch when the team scores runs for you.”