Effingham County knocked Evans starting pitcher Garrett Wilkinson down Friday night, but they couldn’t knock him out.
The sophomore left-hander took a line drive to the shin in the third inning, but he dusted himself off and led the Knights to a 7-2 win.
“Coach asked me if I was OK, and I told him I was good,” said Wilkinson, who sported a large stretch bandage on his left leg after the game.
Wilkinson (1-2) had command of all his pitches and shut down the Rebels (3-3, 0-1 Region 2-AAAA), allowing just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts in five innings of work. He was taken out after reaching his pitch limit.
In what seems to be a signature move for the Knights (3-4, 1-1) at home, they scored four runs with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, breaking up a tight 3-2 game.
The Rebels struck first for a run in the third inning, but the Knights answered right back in their half when freshman Matt Anderson doubled to drive in Tyler Moore.
Moore finished 2 for 2 with two RBI while Anderson was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Jeremy Clements made a sliding grab of a smash to the corner in left field to end the Rebels’ fifth, which sent Wilkinson off the mound pumping his fists. He took that momentum into the Knights’ at-bat and singled in two runs to break a 1-1 tie.
Rebels starter Kyle Ward matched Wilkinson with five strikeouts heading into the fifth, but was taken out after walking the first two batters. Wilkinson drove in the runners one out later.
Reliever Jesse Whaley got the first two outs of the sixth inning for the Rebels, then walked Kyle Anderson, Austin Hunter and Josh Roye to load the bases. With the runners going on a 3-2 pitch, Moore hit a high chopper behind the bag at second and beat the throw, plating two runs. Anderson followed that with an RBI single and courtesy runner Jalen Saunders scored on a wild pitch.
Saturday, Evans evened its record with a 9-3 win at Cross Creek with Tyler Roberts picking up the win.
In Friday night baseball, Harlem improved to 7-0, 2-0 Region 3-AAA, with a 6-1 win over Thomson. Pitcher Chaise Dukes earned his third win of the season.
Greenbrier overcame a five-run deficit to beat Statesboro 10-7, improving to 6-0, 2-0 Region 2-AAAA.
Augusta Christian gave up five runs in the top of the seventh and lost 11-6 to Ben Lippen to fall to 4-3.
In Region 3-AAA play, Grovetown lost to Westside 4-1 as Hunter McBride (3-1) took his first loss of the season. The Warriors rebounded in a big way Saturday with a 5-1 win over Washington-Wilkes and beat Oglethorpe County 14-4. Mitch Davis picked up the win against Washington-Wilkes while Phillip Dukes beat Oglethorpe County.
At Grovetown on Saturday, Greenbrier’s girls and boys took their respective team titles by wide margins. Greenbrier winners included the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay teams, Kaitlyn Lucas (100), Alaysha Davis (high jump), Kayla Tyson (long jump) and Reyna Walker (pole vault). Other county winners were Grovetown (4x800 relay) and Jasmine Stone of Evans (800). Greenbrier’s boys winners were Brandon Coombs (800/1600), Travon Biggers (200), Dominique Brown (high jump). The other county winner was Evans’ Myles McDavid (triple jump).
Greenbrier’s girls improved to 3-3 with a 22-5 win at Dunwoody. Savannah Allen led the way with five goals while Meredith Keskula and Abby Ballard scored three goals. Scoring two goals were Tori Williams, Ali Sartain, Sarah Mork and Hannah Hutto. Chipping in were Samantha Spagnolo and Megan Day with one goal each.
Friday night, Greenbrier remained undefeated with a 9-1 win over South Effingham, with Reed Norton leading the way with four goals.
The Harlem boys lost 3-0 to Westside.
Evans beat Effingham County 2-0 with Tariq Chew scoring both goals.
Harlem’s girls improved to 5-0, 4-0 Region 3-AAA, with a 2-1 win over Westside. Christina Rentas and Jade Cotton each scored and goalie Leanne Newberry made nine saves.
The Evans girls blanked Effingham County 7-0. Caroline Edmunds scored four goals as Kristine Beu, Stephanie Mixon and Brittany Huggins each scored.
Friday, Greenbrier split with Effingham County, the girls winning 5-0 and the boys losing 4-1. Girls singles winners were Blaire LaSure, Morgan Taylor and Katie Krupp. Doubles winners were Brooke Sanderson and Lauren Batchelor, and Heathe Frazier and Molly Lee as the Lady Wolfpack improved to 3-0. Braxton Hain was the lone winner on the boys side.