MARIETTA, Ga. — In the third round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs at Pope on Tuesday, the Greyhounds picked up a 10-2 win over Evans in the first game of the doubleheader before falling, 11-6.
The teams square off again today at 4:30 p.m. in the deciding third game.
In the opener, the Greyhounds (23-10) scored in every inning but the first while holding the Knights (21-8) scoreless until the sixth inning.
Pope finished with an 8-6 edge in hits and took advantage of three errors by Evans, resulting in four unearned runs. The Greyhounds left 10 runners on base while the Knights left nine on.
Mason Shiflett was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored for Pope, while Nathaniel Lowe hit a home run, walked twice and score twice.
Patrick Wiseman went five shutout innings for the victory, allowing two hits with six strikeouts. Braden Zarbnisky pitched one inning as did Joe Arcieri.
Evans raced out to a quick 6-0 lead after two innings in the second game before Pope pushed across a run in the top of the third.
The Knights upped their advantage to 9-1 after three innings before the Greyhounds mounted a comeback with five runs in the fifth. Ahead 9-6, Evans added a single run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Each squad had nine hits, and there were eight errors in the game, including five by Pope. The Greyhounds stranded 11 runners and the Knights eight.
RaeKwon Bennett homered and finished 2 for 3 for Evans.