Sue Ellen Florance remembers the last time strong winds hit Greenbrier. Last spring, a tornado ripped through the campus, damaging the baseball field and tennis courts.
"It was 2:15 p.m. and everybody was like, `Get in the hallway,"' she said. "We all got in the hallway and ducked our heads."
This time, though, remnants of Hurricane Floyd couldn't prevent Greenbrier and Westside from playing softball. So in 26-mile-per-hour winds, the Lady Wolfpack found their bats and defeated the Lady Patriots 14-4 in five innings on Wednesday.
"It was bad," said Florance, Greenbrier's senior catcher. "You'd just be sitting there and all of a sudden all this wind would come at you. It was kind of hard, because we had a couple of balls out there that just got carried away with the wind."
Greenbrier (16-8) strung together 14 hits and scored in every inning. Freshman Katie Sutherland led the team with a 4-for-4 performance, while Florance went 3-for-3.
"We're gradually climbing out of our slump," Lady Wolfpack coach Garrett Black said. "But we're still inconsistent right now, both offensively and defensively."
Westside scored three unearned runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. Greenbrier tied it at 3 with a pair of unearned runs in the first.
Later in the first, Sutherland drove in pinch runner Heather Beale from third with a two-out infield single to give the Lady Wolfpack a 4-3 lead.
Greenbrier broke things open in the second inning as Florance and Abby Tyler had consecutive RBI singles. Later in the inning, Eve Motlow and Kelly Moseley hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to extend the lead to 8-3.
"We know, in order for us to win, we have to play good defense each day," Black said. "Because offensively, we're up and down right now. When we put both of 'em together, we'll be a good ballclub."
Meanwhile, Black knows that there is a likely chance that these two teams could face each other in the first round of the Area 2 playoffs later this month.
"Westside's got a good ballclub," he said. "This game here is over. Next time we play them, it's a brand new ball game."
Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.
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