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Evans grabs early lead and hold on to beat Grovetown

Evans 8, Grovetown 5

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GROVETOWN — Evans made an early lead stand up against Grovetown as it finished the first round of Region 2-AAAAA softball play Tuesday night.

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Evans' Natalie Johnson pitched for the win over Grovetown.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Evans' Natalie Johnson pitched for the win over Grovetown.

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The Lady Knights jumped out to an 8-1 lead after four innings and held on for the 8-5 win.

Both teams were able to take advantage of the other’s miscues as the Lady Warriors committed five errors while the Lady Knights (11-6, 2-1) made four.

Grovetown head coach Jeff Davis liked the resolve he saw from his players.

“The last few years we would have got run-ruled and folded, but we did a great job of getting back in the game,” 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 Grovetown (7-13, 0-3) gave away runs with errors on routine balls, it stayed 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 rally in the fourth and center fielder Julia Anderson gunned down a runner at the plate 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 got the win allowing the five runs (two earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks.

Grovetown’s Eve Gallo allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.

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