It was a pretty good week for the Greenbrier East baseball team.
And the Spartans (12-4) capped off that gratifying week with an 11-9 conquest of Riverside Saturday in the championship game of the Spring Break Wooden Bat Classic at Statler Brothers Field.
Greenbrier East used a six-run uprising in the fifth inning to gain some momentum and then held off a late Warriors surge by pushing across two key runs in the top of the seventh to maintain the advantage and go on to claim the victory.
“We weren’t sure (earlier) what we’d be doing over spring break,” said first-year Greenbrier East coach Scott Vogelsong, whose team erased a 4-3 Riverside lead with its big inning. “The week was a nice, pleasant surprise.”
After his Spartans plated the crucial runs in the top of the seventh to regain some breathing room and proceeded to limit the Warriors to a single run — Cameron Norris’ solo homer — in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win, Vogelsong said. “We stayed mentally focused throughout the game. This was about young players believing in themselves and believing in their talent.”
Colby Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, earning MVP honors for the tournament. Tyler Canturberry went 4-for-4 with two doubles, while Ethan Boone went 3-for-3.
For Riverside, Cameron Green had two hits and a double, while Brady Wilkinson went 3-for-3.
“They fielded better than we did,” said a dejected Riverside coach Pat Vogelsang, whose team dropped to 10-4. “We weren’t us today. We didn’t play up to our potential.
“We didn’t take care of the routine stuff.”
“They are coming to the ball games expecting to win,” Vogelsong said of his players’ approach this season. “Hopefully we can build on this.”
Greenbrier East 11, Riverside 9
GE: 210 060 2 — 11 11 3
R: 211 103 1 — 9 9 4
GE: Jonathan Carr, Tyler Canturberry (7) and Josiah Solak, R: Sam Stone, Brady Wilkinson (5) and Andrew Massey. WP — Carr. LP — Stone. Hitting — GE: Colby Johnson 2-3 (2b), Tyler Canturberry 4-4 (2 2B), Ethan Boone 3-3. R: Derik Chestnut 3-4 (2B), Cameron Green 2-2 (2B), Brady Wilkinson 3-3 (2B).