It’s almost time for Greenbrier to load up the bus and start another ride.
The Greenbrier baseball team hits the road for the fourth time in as many rounds, with this trip going to Whitewater – itself a road warrior.
“This is what we started in January for,” Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins said. “When we started in January, we knew it wouldn’t be given to us, but we expected to earn it. It’s certainly nice to be here.”
As a No. 4 seed in Class AAAAA, Greenbrier been traveling every round after regrouping from region tournament disappointment. Third-seeded Whitewater is finally playing at home after going 3 for 3 on the road to begin the tournament.
The teams met in the semifinals a year ago, when Greenbrier won the decisive third game 15-5.
This season, the Wolfpack have a deeper lineup. In the quarterfinals, the Wolfpack got big two-out hits from Christian Hill and Ty Snipes, the No. 8 and 9 hitters, respecitively, to score runs in a win against East Paulding.
Wilkins said the Wildcats don’t have the same firepower this year, but they put pressure on the defense and pitchers, hitting balls into the gaps or trying for an extra base. Against Gainesville in the quarterfinals, pressure got to the Red Elephants, as errors helped Whitewater get a road sweep against a team that lost just three games entering the series.
“Honestly, the boys are not celebrating the win over Gainesville,” Wildcats coach Mark Jones said. “(Greenbrier’s) the one who put us out last year, so it threw in a little extra incentive. Overall, we’re familiar with the history and what they’ve done in the past. We’re doing our homework. It’s going to be a tough series.”