On the verge of ending Tuesday night’s softball game early, Greenbrier found itself in a dogfight late against Evans.
The Lady Wolfpack were up 7-0 after five innings when Evans struck for four sixth-inning runs. Greenbrier added a run in the bottom of the sixth and held on for an 8-4 win.
After beating Evans 2-1 on Sept. 5, the win clinched first place in Region 2A-AAAAA for the Lady Wolfpack (18-3, 5-0) while the Lady Knights (13-9, 3-2) still clinched second place.
“Evans came back in and they competed with us in the sixth and seventh innings,” Greenbrier coach Garrett Black said. “We played five outstanding innings of softball tonight and in the sixth and seventh we didn’t finish.”
The Lady Wolfpack struck for three first-inning runs with Jordie Holt driving in two with a double to left-center. They had four doubles and an inside-the-park home run from pitcher Kirsten Titus leading off the fifth.
Titus (13-2) cruised through the first five innings, facing two batters over the minimum. The Lady Wolfpack increased the lead to 7-0 with two in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Evans pitcher Natalie Johnson failed to retire Lady Wolfpack leadoff hitter Kirsten McMonigle, who walked, singled, doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a run.
The Lady Knights got two infield singles and an Elyssa Melton single to load the bases in the sixth. Brooke Buck singled home two, as did Ashton Odom.
“I was proud of them still going out there and battling with it,” Evans coach Colette Cassedy said. “For some reason that sixth inning they kind of figured her (Titus) out a little bit and put it in play. … I just wish it would’ve happened a little earlier.”
Both teams will play host in the first round of the Region 2-AAAAA Tournament, which starts Oct. 5.