Heading into the final weeks of Region 2A-AAAAA softball play, the Evans High School Lady Knights are keeping their chance at the top spot alive.
Tuesday night, the Lady Knights didn’t play their best, but were able to hold off the Grovetown Lady Warriors, 8-5.
The Lady Knights jumped out to an 8-1 lead after four innings and held on, improving to 11-6 overall, 2-1 sub-region. A win against Lakeside Thursday night would set up a showdown at Greenbrier on Tuesday night for the top spot. If the Lady Knights beat Greenbrier by more than a run, then they would have the inside track to first place in the sub-region with one game to play.
Tuesday night, both teams were able to take advantage of the other’s miscues as the Lady Warriors committed five errors while the Lady Knights made four.
Grovetown head coach Jeff Davis liked the resolve he saw from his players, however.
“The last few years we would have got run-ruled and folded, but we did a great job of getting back in the game, 8-5,” Davis said. “We just gave away a little bit too much too soon in the game and we couldn’t quite get it all back.”
While the Lady Warriors (7-13, 0-3) gave away runs with misplays on some routine balls, they kept themselves in the game by making tough plays. Shortstop Elizabeth Metress snagged a liner and started a double play in the first inning, third baseman Kendyl Conner grabbed a hot shot to end a Lady Knights rally in the fourth inning and centerfielder Julia Anderson gunned down a runner at the plate to keep the Lady Knights off the board in the fifth.
With a run in and the Lady Warriors still threatening in the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Jenna Cliatt grabbed a liner and threw to second to double up the runner and end the rally.
Evans pitcher Natalie Johnson did not have a 1-2-3 inning until she slammed the door on the Lady Warriors in the seventh. She got the win allowing the five runs (two earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
Grovetown pitcher Eve Gallo allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.