On Tuesday afternoon, the Evans Knights found themselves in a tough spot: down four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to archrival Greenbrier.
The Wolfpack came into the matchup as the top-ranked team in the latest Class AAAA poll.
In the top half of the inning, Greenbrier slugger Rich Poythress had smashed his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot that appeared as if it would be the game-winner.
However, the Knights had different plans. Evans put a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the sixth to knot the game at eight. Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, Evans outfielder Kyle Wilkerson drove home the game-winner to give the Knights the victory. The Knights win evened the season series between the two baseball powers at a game a piece and ended a terrific run for the 'Pack.
Back on March 25, Greenbrier was upset by Lakeside 7-2. The loss must have served as a wake-up call for the 'Pack. Ed Williams' crew reeled off five-straight wins after the loss to the Panthers.
And these victories were extremely impressive. Over the five-game stretch, Greenbrier knocked off four ranked teams and outscored their five opponents by an amazing total of 61-6.
Included in the victories were a 17-0 pasting of region foe Effingham County, a 16-2 blowout of perennial power Marist, and a 14-1 revenge victory over Cross Creek - who had beaten Greenbrier earlier in the season.
Unfortunately for Greenbrier fans, the Knights did not roll over when they got down. Evans would not be denied.
This may be the most evenly matched group we have had in Columbia County. Evans and Greenbrier are duking it out vs. each other, but don't let Lakeside's rocky start fool you. They, too, are capable of burying their opponents.
So even though it appears Greenbrier's stint as the state's No. 1 team will be short-lived, don't worry, Evans may jump back on top the poll.
There is no doubt the postseason should be interesting.
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