\r\n\r\n<strong>By Mason E. Haynes\r\n<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_25557" align="alignnone" width="640"]<img class="size-large wp-image-25557" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/03\/Nathaniel-Byers-3000x2000.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="427" \/> (Photo by Mason Haynes)<br \/>Nathaniel Byers pitches at East opener[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The Greenbrier East Spartans landed a decisive win against the Pikeview Panthers Wednesday night. Tensions were high on both sides as the teams fought to determine which one will be declared as victorious.<\/h1>\r\nThe night was cold and bitter while both teams held their expectations high for the beginning of the season. At the start of the game, the men\u2019s Spartan baseball team gained a strong lead by scoring two home runs within the first three innings while the Panthers fought back to catch ground on their scores.\r\n\r\nLee Pittsenbarger has a son who plays on the Greenbrier East baseball team, and he said the tide of the game has him nervous.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt looks like it\u2019s going to be close,\u201d Pittsenbarger said. \u201cI got one of my kids playing baseball out there but I think we might win it\u201d.\r\n\r\nTensions were also the same with the away team. Chris Nash, a resident native to Pikeview , stressed his opinion of the current game.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s cold and it has been a good game,\u201d Nash said. \u201cI think it\u2019s going to be pretty tight we lost seven starters on our team so they are rebuilding. It\u2019s going to be interesting to see how this turns out\u201d.\r\n\r\nThe game ended with a total of seven innings. The Panthers attempted to score back at the last inning but the Spartans outscored them with two extra home runs ending in a 4 to 2 victory.\r\n\r\nCoach Mann who is head coach of the men\u2019s baseball team was impressed with his team\u2019s overall performance.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe battled all night and it was a close game,\u201d Mann said. \u201cIt was a real nail-biter and we came through on top at the same time when you win a close game it definitely helps your team move forward\u201d.\r\n\r\nNext week the men\u2019s Spartan baseball team will have future home games against rival schools such as Greenbrier West on Mar. 29 and Princeton High School on Mar. 31.