Using a hard, sinking fastball from a sidearm slot, Greenbrier’s Nick Sandlin kept Evans off balance to the tune of a complete-game shutout.
Sandlin shut down the Knights as the visiting Wolfpack won 3-0 on Tuesday night.
The junior right-hander allowed only one hit over seven scoreless innings, walking one and striking out seven. He gave up only three fly balls – two to the outfield – and 13 ground balls.
Evans managed to get the ball to the outfield twice all game on the two flyouts.
Sandlin’s key weapon was a sinking fastball that touched 85 mph from a low arm slot, paired with a sweeping slider that kept Evans guessing.
“Throwing strikes (was important),” Sandlin said. “You have to throw strikes to be successful. You throw strikes, you make them put it in play and give your team a chance to win. That’s all I could do.”
Sandlin’s second start of the year gave Greenbrier (5-3, 2-0 Region 2A-AAAAA) the season series advantage in the rivalry’s first meeting. The Wolfpack won two of three over Evans (9-2, 1-1) last season.
“Evans has a heck of a pitching staff,” Greenbrier coach Jason Osborn said. “We were lucky enough to scratch across a couple runs for him. I’m very proud of him. That’s a young man who competed tonight. Good job by him.”
Greenbrier scored its first run in the fourth on a solo home run by Chris Michaels.
The Wolfpack held a 1-0 lead through six innings and tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh on a Braz Staples’ RBI single and Connor Hoover bases-loaded walk.
Evans reached scoring position twice in the game but failed to record a two-out RBI.
The Wolfpack were held to four hits, but Hoover walked three times, and they scrapped for five walks.
Evans’ Kyle Anderson allowed one run on two hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five. Anderson used a tailing fastball in the low-80s, paired with a strong changeup, to avoid big innings.