In Tuesday's Game 1 of the South State series, Glenbrook received another outstanding pitching performance from Clark, to go along with a potent offense, and beat Heidelberg Academy 10-0.
Clark went four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Austin Palmier close out the game with a scoreless inning of relief.
After Clark sat the Rebels down in order in the top of the first, the Apaches struck quickly for a pair of runs.
Clark led off with a walk, but was erased on a fielder's choice by Jacob White. White stole second base and then scored on Connor Clark's triple off the glove of a diving Rebel right fielder. After Palmier was hit by a pitch, Conner Copeland ripped a line drive up the middle for a single that scored Connor Clark.
The Rebels went down in order again in the second, and the Apaches added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Spencer White led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a groundout. He then scored from second on his brother Jacob's single to center. Jacob White would come around and score on an error later in the inning.
The Rebels mounted a small threat in the third. The lead-off batter reached on an error and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then next batter hit a hard grounder to third base where the Apaches' third baseman, Copeland, fielded the ball and faked a throw to first base. The Rebel runner on second broke for third and ran right into the tag by Copeland, which essentially ended the threat.
Caydan Maloney led off the bottom of the inning with a monsterous moon-shot to left field that came right down on top of the outfield fence and bounced back into play for a double. After moving to third on a single by Cameron Matthews, Maloney would score on a sac fly by Spencer White.
The Rebels got their only hit of the game in the fifth on a two-out infield single. But Logan Clark struck out the next batter to end the inning. The Apaches then put the pressure on Heidelberg with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Connor Clark led off the inning with a towering shot that the Rebel centerfielder ran down and made a diving circus catch for the out. Palmier and Copeland both reached on back-to-back errors by the Rebel shortstop. Maloney then walked to load the bases. Matthews then drew a walk, which forced in Palmier. Clay "Ace" Simonton then hit a pinch-hit single to right, scoring Copeland and Maloney. Spencer White then reached on another error by the Rebels shortstop, and Matthews and Simonton both scored.
Palmier relived Logan Clark in the top of the fifth, and wasted little time as he sat the Rebels down in order with two groundouts and a strikeout.
The series will now move to Heidelberg, Mississippi on Friday for Game 2, and if necessary Game 3. If the Apaches win one of the two games, they will be South State Champions.