The Region 2-AAAA baseball championship game between crosstown rivals Greenbrier and Evans lived up to its billing.
With host Greenbrier clinging to a 4-2 lead in front of an overflow crowd, the Knights loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
When reliever Adam Grice recorded the final out with a strikeout he couldn’t get off the mound before he was mobbed by his joyous teammates.
The win concluded a perfect run through the region for the Wolfpack (22-2), who were 14-0 for the year.
“It’s just special when you work from January-and they’ve (Evans) been doing the same thing-and when you work that hard for that long, it certainly validates what you do every day,” said Wolfpack coach Chris Wilkins. “It’s special.”
Wolfpack starter Austin Robinson (8-0) pitched a masterful game, allowing only two runs on three hits. He kept the Knights’ hitters off balance all night, changing speeds and working ahead. He couldn’t get the final out, however, because he was ejected following a seventh-inning, two-out walk.
With the ouster, Robinson won’t be available for the first game of the Wolfpack’s first game in the state playoffs next Friday.
Even with the loss, Evans (14-10, 8-6) will also play host to a state playoff game next Friday.
“We had the go-ahead run on first,” Knights head coach Ricky Beale said. “We had a shot and I told them I was real proud of them, the fact they didn’t quit, they didn’t give up.”
The Knights struck first in the second inning, scoring a run on a Matt Anderson double and Brice Harrison RBI single.
A Hunter Boose single plated two of the Wolfpack’s three runs in the bottom of the half of the inning as they took a 3-1 lead. Conner Hoover drove in the team’s final run in the fourth inning.
“It feels great,” said Hoover, who is a sophomore.