When asked about goals for his White House Heritage baseball team in the upcoming postseason, head coach Chris Logsdon had just one in mind.
Teams across the Midstate, specifically in Robertson County, have had countless games altered or canceled outright due to inclement weather. Monday’s tilt between Greenbrier and Heritage was no different.
The back-and-forth contest between former district foes was called in the sixth with the Bobcats leading 7-5.
“I’m proud of us for scoring seven runs, but there’s still things that have been haunting us the whole season,” Greenbrier coach Justin Alberson said. “Walks and bunt coverages; we just have to keep getting better at that.”
Hard-throwing junior DJ Hardrick struggled in his first start of the season for Heritage, as the Bobcats (17-6-1) tallied four walks, three hit batsmen and two hits to build a five-run lead in two innings. But the Patriots responded as the night went on.
A third-inning Justin Smith single gave Heritage (13-9) its first run of the night, and each of its first four runners in the fourth reached safely to inch closer to a tie.
Jordan Myers and Ty Lopez then cleared the bases against Trent Miller – one of three players to pitch in relief for Greenbrier – and made it a one-run game.
“In years past, Greenbrier gets up on you 5-0 and in the back of your mind you go ‘Oh no,’” Logsdon said. “But they battled back, so I think they saw that they can stay on the field with anybody.”
Bryan Bagwell’s single to center field extended Greenbrier’s lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the fourth, and a downpour of rain caused the game to be called with two outs in the sixth.
Counting Monday’s decision, Greenbrier has won 12 consecutive games and 13 of its last 14.
“Hopefully they understand the importance that you can’t take any pitches off and you have to know what’s going on,” Alberson said. “We’re just trying to play our best baseball. … Leadoff walks and 0-2 hit-by-pitches, that just can’t happen. We had several four-pitch, two-out walks. It has to get better.”
Weather-permitting, both Greenbrier and the Patriots will host their respective district tournaments later in the week after being crowned regular-season champions.
Heritage’s regular-season District 9-2A title is its third ever and first since 2013.
“Our district is even all the way across,” Logsdon said. “Anybody can beat anybody, any day. We just want a chance to play and see what we can do.”