The phrase "last call" means different things to different folks in all walks of life. It meant one significant thing Wednesday evening when Greenbrier played host to Hephzibah in Region 3-AAAA play.
"Last call" meant domination in a 10-0 Wolfpack run-rule victory.
In standard baseball, infielders relay the game situation to the outfield before every new batter. Greenbrier has its own little vocabulary to convey that information.
We use the 'horns to signify two outs, Greenbrier second baseman Ryan Wallace said.
The Wolfpack infielder pointed his thumb and pinky in opposite directions, like a Texas Longhorn steer, to signal two outs.
"Last call" means something else. Its best if Greenbrier's starting pitcher Scott Wandless defines that one.
"Last call means two strikes and the last pitch is on its way," Wandless said. "That means get them out right here, put them in the books and get them out the door."
It also meant a few miffed Rebels.
"We heard a lot of last calls,"Greenbrier catcher Jeremy Armstrong said. "A lot of last calls means our pitcher is going strong."
Wandless struck out the first seven batters .
The senior southpaw finished the night with 10 strikeouts in five innings on the way to a two-hit gem.
"It had been a while since I had pitched my usual game," Wandless said. "That game right there I felt like I was the last-year Scott."
That's understandable. Wandless went 9-3 with a 2.19 earned run average last year. He was 1-1 with a 4.27 ERA coming into Wednesdays game.
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