Greenbrier shuts out Evans in softball matchup

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Casey Rowland came to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning Tuesday hoping to break open a one-run game.

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Greenbrier's Casey Rowland jumps on home plate after hitting a sixth-inning home run during the Wolfpack's win on Tuesday.  Jim Blaylock / Staff
Jim Blaylock / Staff
Greenbrier's Casey Rowland jumps on home plate after hitting a sixth-inning home run during the Wolfpack's win on Tuesday.

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The opportunity was ruined when Molly Lillis was tagged out trying to score after a wild pitch bounded off the backstop, right back in front of the plate to Evans catcher Taylor McChesney.

“I was kind of upset,” Rowland said.

“He called her out at the plate, so I knew I was mad carrying that over to my next at-bat.”

The Greenbrier senior returned to the plate to lead off the sixth inning intent on making her mark. She did.

Her line-drive home run padded the slim lead and helped Greenbrier to a 2-0 victory over Evans in a Region 2-AAAA North matchup.

“Leading up to it, we knew this was probably going to be our hardest game because Evans is a good team,” Rowland said. “… We’ve gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season.”

Greenbrier – ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA – relied on what coach Garrett Black referred to as the Wolfpack’s “bread and butter.”

“Defense is why we’ve been successful in the past,” he said. “There was some good situational defense for us today. We got out of some jams.”

Greenbrier (7-1, 3-0) got on the board in the first inning when Morgan Tickerhoof’s RBI single scored Taylor Dupree, who had reached on an error.

After that, Knights starter Brooke Sarver effectively shut down the Wolfpack offense, aside from the bases-loaded jam in the fifth and Rowland’s homer.

Evans (6-4, 3-1) had at least one runner on base every inning. But Tickerhoof stranded 11 base runners in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.

“My defense came up clutch, especially on that last one,” said Tickerhoof, referring to a rocket hit by Evans senior Kristyna Vaughn with runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

The line drive went right at center fielder Monica Mullis for the final out of the game.

“I knew I had to do something, because I wanted to score those runs,” Vaughn said. “So I tried to hit it out.

“It makes me confident for the next game,” she said of making a good swing under pressure. “Hopefully, we can take them next time. I think we can do it.”

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BENPATLUVHOCKEY 08/31/11 - 03:57 pm
I think you should choose

I think you should choose your words wisely when commenting on the article.By no means was her trying to steal home trying to take away from Casey's opportunity. When you make comments like that is it detrimental to others.. and the umpire made a wrong call!! but that cant be changed.So in your next article please have a little compassion when writing your opinion of a game.

thank you

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beep beep 09/01/11 - 08:46 am
WHAT?? It's not saying it was

WHAT?? It's not saying it was trying to take away her opportunity. It was simply letting everyone know the situation of the game and how she came through after a tough play for her team. If anything I think the article is saying that Greenbrier was trying to take advantage of an opportunity (stealing home) and that Casey came through for her team. Trying to make something out of nothing Ben

j-campbell 09/01/11 - 12:05 pm
How about some similar

How about some similar coverage for the rest of the high school softball played in the area? Westside is currently playing very well right now in Richmond County, having recently disposed of Lakeside in a mercy rule game.

Regarding this story, nothing was said that suggested the attempted steal of home was a deliberate effort to thwart another player's opportunity, but when a steal is attempted with two outs and the bases loaded and that attempt is unsuccessful, the effect is just that -- an opportunity gone by the wayside. No one will ever know if Casey Rowland would have hit her home run if given the opportunity to complete her at-bat. All of these "what-ifs" and second guessing are part of the intrigue of baseball/softball.

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