With second place in Region 2B-AAAA baseball still up for grabs, the Evans Knights let one get away against the South Effingham Mustangs on Friday night.
The Mustangs scored three times in the first inning, and while the Knights closed to within one run in the fifth inning, they couldn’t complete the comeback, losing 4-2.
The Mustangs (15-4, 6-3) claimed second place with their second win of the year over the Knights, who managed just three hits and committed five errors.
“It’s going to be very close to the very end,” said Knights head coach Ricky Beale of the region picture. “We had our chances against them, we couldn’t get a scratch for one more. I’m thinking we’ve got to win one maybe two next week to get in at all.”
With a 10-7 record, 4-4 in the region, a win over Statesboro next Friday should be enough for the Knights to get in.
Evans starter Garrett Wilkinson struggled from the outset. He walked four batters and gave up a two-out single to Chase Clayton that plated two runs before Wilkins had seen enough and gave him the hook. Tyler Roberts came in to end the first-inning rally, but the three runs would be enough for the Mustangs.
Meanwhile, Mustangs pitcher Zack Smith (3-1) did a good job of shutting down the Knights. He gave up just an RBI single to Jeremy Clements in the first, a leadoff double to Raekwon Bennett in the fifth and an RBI single to Kelvin McCladdie two batters later. He would leave with two outs in the fifth and Ryan Nagle slammed the door the rest of the way.
“He (Smith) kept us off-balance all night,” said Clements. “He was slower than we anticipated and we were out in front.”
Roberts pitched well for the Knights. In 51/3 innings of work, he allowed just two hits while striking out five.