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Lady Wolfpack qualify for state softball playoffs

GREENBRIER 8-16, WARNER ROBINS 0-0

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It took Greenbrier a few innings to get warmed up, but once it did there was no stopping the Wolfpack.

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Greenbrier's Monica Mullis (left) is greeted by her teammates at home plate after her fourth-inning homer against Warner Robins in Game 1. The Lady Wolfpack earned shutouts in both games of their region first-round series.  SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
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Greenbrier's Monica Mullis (left) is greeted by her teammates at home plate after her fourth-inning homer against Warner Robins in Game 1. The Lady Wolfpack earned shutouts in both games of their region first-round series.

Greenbrier played host to Warner Robins in the first round of the Region 2-AAAAA softball tournament Saturday, entering as a No. 1 seed and exiting having qualified for the Class AAAAA State Softball Playoffs.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Lady Wolfpack didn’t score a run until the third inning, then cruised to an 8-0 win in six innings. In the nightcap, the Lady Wolfpack continued where they left off, batting around and scoring 11 runs in the first inning, going on to a 16-0 win in three innings.

After winning the sub-region and advancing to the state playoffs, the next goal is in line for the Lady Wolfpack
(24-4, 8-0 region).

“We want to secure home-field advantage in the (state) first round and then we’ll take the next day as it comes,” Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said.

Black calls pitching and defense his team’s bread-and-butter, but the Lady Wolfpack didn’t need much defense with the way junior hurlers Kirsten Titus and Julie Underwood performed. Titus (15-3) pitched a complete game one-hitter while striking out 11, followed by Underwood’s (9-1) perfect three innings in which she struck out five.

After striking for two runs in the third inning of the opener, the Lady Wolfpack added one in the fourth on a Monica Mullis home run, then scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to end it.

Warner Robins (4-19, 0-8) had no answer for Greenbrier in the first inning of Game 2 as 13 of the first 14 batters reached safely. Lee Anne Rees and Brooke Mackelburg had consecutive two-run doubles and Jordie Holt added a deep sacrifice fly that scored runners from second and third.

Each starter got at least one hit in each game with the exception of Titus, who walked twice in the second game, and Holt led the way with six RBI.

“Monica (Mullis) had a good day at the plate, which it was very good to see that happen, Kirsten (Titus) threw the ball well in game one and Julie (Underwood) threw the ball very well in game two,” said Black.

Up next is Houston County at the region tournament site at Jones County on Wednesday, October, 9 at 3 p.m.

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