The Greenbrier baseball team finished their district slate in style with two dominant performances Friday night over visiting Westmoreland. Both games ended after five innings due to the run rule.
Sophomore Trent Miller started the first game and pitched four innings, allowing one run on seven hits. Matthew Holliman pitched the fifth inning to close out an 11-1 win.
Sophomore Braxton Laney took the mound in the second game, pitching four innings. He allowed no runs on two hits. Senior Gabe Matherley pitched the fifth inning to finish off the night with the 12-0 victory.
Greenbrier head coach Justin Alberson feels that his team is getting to where they need to be entering the postseason this week.
“(We’re) trying to get headed in the right direction, play well at the end of the year,” Alberson said. “That’s what you want. Around this time, you want to be playing your best baseball, so we put two pretty good games together.”
Greenbrier’s five seniors, who have been a key piece of the program, were also celebrated. Seniors Stoney Smith and Hunter Thaxton scored nine of the team’s 23 runs Friday.
“They’ve been everything,” Alberson said. “I haven’t been here very long, and they’ve only been with me for three years. It’s been really exciting to see them grow into men and become the leaders of our team. It’s been an absolute pleasure to see that.”
“It’s been fun to just come out here and play with the guys,” Smith said. “It’s just a privilege really.”
Greenbrier is the second seed in the District 9-AA tournament that begins Friday, May 7. The Bobcats will take on Cheatham County at home at 7 p.m.
They may have to go through White House Heritage to make the district championship and regional tournament, but they think they can handle it.
“We’re a group that can swing it,” Smith said. “We get hot. If we have Trent on the mound, we’re pretty confident.”
“I have all the confidence in my team that we’re going to go as far as we possibly can,” Thaxton said.