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Greenbrier's Snipes takes no-hitter to 6th in win over Evans

Greenbrier 8, Evans 1

Posted: March 26, 2016 - 11:00pm
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Greenbrier's Ty Snipes throws a pitch. Snipes allowed one run on four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Greenbrier's Ty Snipes throws a pitch. Snipes allowed one run on four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Ty Snipes nearly gave his Greenbrier outfielders the night off Tuesday, and the result was a key region win against a rival.

The Wolfpack rode clutch hitting and Snipes’ complete game to an 8-1 win over Evans.

Snipes played to his strength of inducing ground balls and whiffs with a mid-80s fastball and downward-breaking curveball, and the combination of his strike-throwing, a clean infield defense and Davis Murray’s catching produced a memorable outing.

The senior right-hander allowed one run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. He carried a no-hitter to the sixth inning and lost the shutout in the seventh.

“I was throwing my curveball for a strike a lot,” Snipes said. “My fastball felt pretty good tonight, and I was trying to keep it down. I worked on some mechanical problems out of the stretch, and I was able to fix those and throw more strikes out of the stretch.”

Snipes didn’t give up his first batted ball to the outfield until the seventh. His previous three batted balls in the air were pop-ups to shortstop. He totaled 11 ground balls to five balls in the air for the game.

Greenbrier backed him by scoring its first four runs with two outs, including three consecutive RBI hits in the second by John Waters, Eric Jenkins and Colin Hoover. The Wolfpack added a two-out, RBI single by Jenkins in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.

A wild pitch and two-run single by Murray pushed the lead to 7-0, and Hoover singled home a run in the sixth for an eight-run lead. Evans scored its lone run in the seventh on an Austin Shead RBI single.

Greenbrier’s seven-through-nine hitters of Waters, Jenkins and Hoover combined for six of the team’s eight hits and five of its seven RBI.

“We’re trying to work on some things offensively, and I was proud of the bottom of the order coming through and getting us going early in the game,” Greenbrier coach Jason Osborn said.

The Wolfpack bounced back from a tough region loss recently to Grovetown to move to 5-1 and remain one game ahead of the Warriors.

Greenbrier will face Grovetown on Tuesday.

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