Greenbrier moves on in region, qualifies for state

Greenbrier 11-9, Warner Robins 3-3

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Greenbrier's Conner Hogan makes it into third as a wild throw pulls Warner Robins' Landon Hopf off the bag.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Greenbrier's Conner Hogan makes it into third as a wild throw pulls Warner Robins' Landon Hopf off the bag.

Greenbrier took the first step to get back to the state championship series on Thursday night.

The Wolfpack entered the Region 2-AAAAA tournament as a No. 1 seed facing No. 4 Warner Robins and swept the Demons, making it to the second round of the region and qualifying for the state playoffs.

If the Wolfpack (16-4) had any jitters they didn’t show them as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings in Game 1 of the twin-bill, winning 11-3.

“Clint (Hardy) kind of set the tone, first pitch of the game he hits up the middle, that was a big boost for us for sure, said Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins.

Greenbrier scored twice in the second inning of Game 2 and never trailed en route to a 9-3 victory.

Hardy (5-0) gave up three runs in the fifth inning to the Demons, but otherwise cruised through his six-inning stint, allowing the three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

Left-handed first baseman Adam Sasser provided the major offensive firepower for the Wolfpack as he drove in six runs on two hits, including a fourth inning opposite-field grand slam that gave the Wolfpack a 9-0 cushion.

Austin Robinson (6-1) got the win in the nightcap, scattering seven hits while striking out seven.

The Wolfpack will play host to Lakeside at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Panthers advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0, 6-2 sweep of Northside Warner Robins.


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