While Greenbrier softball coaches and volunteers took care of things off the field at the two-day Mark Moseley Memorial Diamond Classic, the Lady Wolfpack took care of things on the field.
The Lady Wolfpack (16-5) beat Harris County 4-3 at home Saturday morning then traveled down the road and defeated Salem 9-5 at Patriots Park, the tournament’s main site.
Greenbrier started out slow against Harris County (15-6), and trailed 3-0 heading into the fourth inning, but turned on the power and came away with the win.
“I was proud of us,” Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said. “Getting down three to nothing, some kids came up with some big hits and we made some good defensive plays and Kirsten (Titus) really threw a good ballgame today.”
Brooke Mackelburg was involved throughout for the Lady Wolfpack as she had three hits including a two-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game and the game-winning hit. Mackelburg’s home run came two batters after Lee Anne Rees got the Lady Wolfpack on the board with a solo shot over the left-field fence.
“Lee Anne’s home run was the one that started it off,” Mackelburg said. “Some people say home runs are rally killers, but I say they pump us up more than anything.”
Titus (12-3) was tagged for three runs in the third inning when she allowed five of her eight hits, but was lights out before and after, finishing with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Lady Wolfpack made Titus a winner in the sixth inning when Taylor Dupree led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored three batters later on Mackelburg’s two-out single.
Against Salem, Greenbrier jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held on for the 9-5 win as Black used all ends of his bench.
Julie Underwood (5-2) pitched four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before coming out of the game for the final inning. Maddie Hunt was perfect in three trips to the plate, Jordie Holt had two hits in two at-bats and Kirsten McMonigle was two for three with two RBI.
“We kind of got a little sluggish there in the last inning of the second game,” said Black. “The bottom line is we pulled out two wins today so I’m real pleased.”