Lady Knights rule Evans Invitational

The Evans Lady Knights tried hard to play the final game of their tournament Saturday afternoon, and who could blame them.


The Lady Knights had gone 4-0 with one game to play in the Evans Invitational, a 12-team tournament at Patriots Park on 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,” Evans head coach Colette Cassedy during the day’s rain delay said. “I’m good and pleased with the tournament.”

After beating Warner Robins 15-0 and Hephzibah 19-0 on Friday night, the Lady Knights followed it up with a 12-0 win over Banks County Saturday morning.

Evans beat Thomson 3-0 in its second game Saturday.

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 score runs.

Johnson 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,” Johnson said. “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. With one out Alexis Schlein and Dodgen singled. Savannah Gabriel then hit a liner that got by the right fielder for a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

“I saw coach whipping her arm around and I knew I wasn’t stopping,” Gabriel said.