Ask any coach who knows about high school softball and they will say Greenbrier pitcher Kristan Glover is among the state's best.
Glover showed why she deserves the distinction Wednesday, pitching a three-hit, complete game shutout of defending Class AAAA state champion Oconee County with a 3-0 win.
The senior struck out eight for the top-ranked Wolfpack, which moved to 6-1 on the season.
"Anytime you get two of the best teams in the state together, you know you're going to have a great game," Warriors head coach Brian Dickens said. "Glover is an outstanding pitcher. You can't give her any breathing room."
Greenbrier scored on a bases loaded walk in the first inning and added two more on a two-out triple by Kayla Adams in the fourth.
"When you play a team like Oconee County, you're only going to get about two chances to score," Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said. "We just happened to take advantage of both."
Adams' hit provided two more insurance runs.
"Because I hit left-handed, a lot of teams think I'm going to slap the ball," Adams said. "They played me in, and I placed it just right."
Three runs were more than enough for Glover.
"I'm always happy to get a cushion," Glover said. "The defense played great and we had no errors. When everything is clicking, we are hard to beat."
She got into minor trouble in the fifth after a leadoff double by Jenny Arnold. A one-out single gave the Warriors runners on the corners but Glover got out of the inning with a strikeout and a ground out.
"(Glover) always asks us to give her more than one run for breathing room," Adams said. "On nights like tonight, she doesn't need it."
Black said Glover has just began to heat up.
"She is starting to pitch lights-out," he said. "Tonight was pretty impressive."
Glover has started five of the Wolfpack's six games and surrendered only two runs over 36 innings. She also has 46 strikeouts for this season and is closing in on 100 wins and 1,000 strikeouts for her career.
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