In a sixth inning seemingly without an end, 13 batters stepped up to the plate, most reaching on a hit, walk or error.
But Adam Sasser’s crushed grand slam was the clear signal: there’s a long way to go in this subregion.
Thanks to the nine-run sixth, Greenbrier rallied from four runs down to win at Lakeside, 15-7, Friday night. The Wolfpack scored the last 12 runs in the game to move to 2-1 in Region 2A-AAAAA.
The Wolfpack’s win closed round one of three in the subregion, where each team plays the other three squads three times.
“It’s good to be on the good end of it,” Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins said about the huge inning. “It’s the inning we’ve been looking for. They made mistakes, and that’s a difference, but we hit the ball hard.”
Once down 7-3, Greenbrier got a run in the fifth to set up the wild sixth. The Panthers used four pitchers to get out of the inning, which started with an infield hit by Chris Michals. The first six hitters reached safely, with errors aiding the cause.
It was then 7-7 when Sasser destroyed a pitch for a bases-clearing grand slam.
Later, with it 11-7, one play summed up the inning of Greenbrier’s bats working with Lakeside’s mistakes – Tim Powell singled in one run but then saw another teammate score when a fielding error allowed a second player to run home.
The Wolfpack’s rally was led by Clint Hardy and Sasser – each got three hits in the game. Hardy and Sasser also walked twice.
The crazy inning followed the Panthers’ promising start. Lakeside had seven early hits – all from different players – to get all seven of its runs by the end of the fourth. Hunter Banks, Lane Wallace and Tyler Williams ended up getting two hits apiece, but the offense stalled and the seven errors on defense meant the two teams are even at 2-1 in the subregion.
“It’s always big,” Wilkins said about getting a subregion win, adding it’s possible the winner could have at least three subregion losses. “Anybody can win this league.”