This one wasn’t for the region championship, but Lakeside was going to celebrate, at least on this night.
The Panthers had gotten past the barrier and finally bested Greenbrier, and its reward is homefield advantage for at least one round of the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs.
Lakeside went on the road to beat Greenbrier, 5-4, on Tuesday night, to get its first win against the Wolfpack after going 0-3 during the regular season. With the win, the Panthers advance to the Region 2-AAAAA Tournament championship.
“Our guys have believed all year,” Lakeside coach Jay Matthews said. “We set out to do this.”
Lakeside (16-7) never trailed, getting a strong performance from pitcher Hunter Hubbard and RBI from four players.
Tanner Durand drove home two on a single in the third. Lakeside got its other runs on a sacrifice fly from Chandler Corley and two
RBI hits by Lane Wallace
and Cole Pittman.
Still, Greenbrier (16-5) didn’t go quietly as it trailed 5-1 going into the sixth. Instead, Chris Michals drove in two runs on a double before the Wolfpack scored the fourth run in the seventh on an error.
But Hubbard wasn’t going to let the lead slip away. He sat down the last two batters in the sixth with a runner at second.
Then, in the seventh, Clint Hardy reached on the error to represent the tying run, but Hubbard induced a double play to wipe out the Wolfpack’s comeback hopes.
The Wolfpack’s loss means they won’t be playing at home in the first round of the state tournament. Greenbrier will be either a No. 3 or 4 seed.
“When you don’t achieve your goal, you move on and create a new one,” Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins said.