Evans’ Matt Anderson reached on a wind-blown infield single in the first inning, then took care of business himself.
Anderson finished with three hits – including a third-inning home run just inside the left-field foul pole and a double – and drove in three runs as the Knights tripped up Aiken 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Anderson, the Knights’ regular catcher, got a night off from behind the plate as the designated hitter.
“It just let me relax and see the ball better,” said Anderson.
Jeremy Clements and Garrett Wilkinson contributed two hits apiece in the Knights’ 11-hit attack.
In a back-and-forth contest in the early innings, the Knights (7-2) trailed 4-3 before a three-run rally in the fourth gave them the lead for good. Dominick Panzella doubled home Brice Harrison and, two batters later, Anderson drove in two runs on a double.
The rally made a winner of Cody Turner who was getting his first start on the mound. He gave up four runs on five hits and struck out one.
“He did a good job for us,” Evans head coach Ricky Beale said. “He got us through three or four and gave us a chance.”
Wesley Crow pitched two scoreless innings for the Knights then Josh Roye came on in the seventh and recorded his second save.
The Hornets (3-5) had their chances to get more runs on the board. Following a Ben Shumpert home run in the second, Caleb Heath reached but the innning ended on batters’ interference. In the fifth, with the bases loaded, Crow threw a wild pitch but covered the plate and tagged out Aiken’s Bryant Schmid, who was attempting to score. Crow struck out the next batter for the final out.
“There were a few momentum swings in the game,” said Hornets head coach Derek Luton. “We left men on base in the last two innings and we have to hit and get them in.”