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Lady Knights perfect at own tournament

Posted: September 9, 2012 - 8:25pm  |  Updated: September 9, 2012 - 8:28pm
Evans pitcher Natalie Johnson pitched a three-hitter in the team's 3-0 win over Thomson Saturday afternoon.  Scott Rouch
Scott Rouch
Evans pitcher Natalie Johnson pitched a three-hitter in the team's 3-0 win over Thomson Saturday afternoon.

The Evans Lady Knights tried hard to get in its final game of its own softball tournament Saturday afternoon, and who could blame them?
The Lady Knights were 4-0 with one game to play in the Evans Invitational, a 12-team tournament at Patriots Park Friday and Saturday, without allowing a run. But after an hour rain delay and a failed restart, the tournament's final games were washed out.
"It's gone pretty well until the weather right now," said Evans head coach Colette Cassedy during the day's rain delay. "I'm good and pleased with the tournament."
After beating Warner Robins 15-0 and Hephzibah 19-0 Friday night, the Lady Knights followed it up with a 12-0 win over Banks County Saturday morning.
In the second game of the day, they were played tough by Thomson, winning by just a 3-0 margin.
Senior Lexi Dodgen has been the Lady Knights' (10-4-1) primary pitcher, but junior Natalie Johnson got the start and held the Lady Bulldogs (7-9) down while the offense struggled to push runs across the plate.
She allowed the defense to work behind her, striking out two in her complete-game three-hitter.
"This season I have a lot of confidence in our defense," said Johnson. "Whether Lexi (Dodgen) or I pitch, I know they have our back."
After stranding runners on base in each of the first three innings, the Lady Knights broke through in the fourth inning. With one out Alexis Schlein and Dodgen singled. Savannah Gabriel then hit a liner that got by the right fielder and she motored around the basepaths for a three-run, inside-the-park home run.
"I saw coach whipping her arm around and I knew I wasn't stopping," said Gabriel.
The tournament was a good experience for Grovetown and Lakeside as well.
After losing its first two games Friday night, Grovetown came on strong Saturday. They beat ARC 7-0 and then Lakeside 9-7, improving to 5-7 for the year.
Lakeside had a tie and a loss Friday night, but beat Hephzibah 6-4 to open play Saturday morning. After the loss to Grovetown, the Lady Panthers record is 1-8-1.

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