With a 3-3 record in Region 2-AAAA, the Evans Knights have experienced an up and down season. Fortunately, for Evans baseball coach Ricky Beale and his players, the Knights headed into spring break on an up side after an extra-inning region win over Statesboro on Saturday.
"It was a big win for us. We needed this game heading into spring break," Beale said. "Today we put the ball into play, and that's something we haven't been doing. That makes all the difference."
Evans senior Shawn Ward put the ball into play safely only twice Saturday afternoon - once on a Statesboro error. The second time, however proved to be the biggest hit of the game.
With two outs and a 4-4 tie, Ward stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning. The senior sent a 2-1 pitch to the gap in right-center field to score Matt Stark for the game-winning run.
"I really wanted to win this game - not only for the W, but for the team unity and for Kevin (Millward). He pitched a great game," Ward said.
Millward (5-0) pitched in his longest outing of the year. The sophomore went the full eight innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out four.
Also in action Saturday, the Greenbrier Wolfpack kept their undefeated season alive with their biggest win of the year. Greenbrier (13-0) defeated region opponent Baldwin by a score of 20-5. The Wolfpack have won by more than 15 runs twice this year, but the 20-run total is the highest since before the 2004 season.
Greenbrier led by only one run heading into the bottom of the third, but a 10-run half-inning left no doubt on another region win. Both Jeff Rowland and Matt King homered for Greenbrier as the Wolfpack improved to a perfect 6-0 in region play.
Lakeside also cruised past Baldwin this weekend with a 13-3 Panther win. The chance at a weekend sweep for Lakeside was put on hold after Saturday's region game against Wayne County was postponed because of rain.
Harlem, sitting atop the Region 3-AAA standings with a 4-0 region record, took the weekend off and took full advantage of the spring break rest. The Bulldogs will return to action for the first time in 13 days with a region game against Hephzibah at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Harlem's home game against Glenn Hills originally scheduled for Monday has been moved to April 24.
Augusta Christian (12-1) cruised to another SCISA Region 2-AAA victory on Friday with an 11-1 win over Cardinal Newman.
Augusta Prep was not in action during the weekend.
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