The Greenbrier Wolfpack put their own spin on the axiom that pitching, defense and three-run homers win baseball games.
The Wolfpack didn’t hit a home run in their Region 2A-AAAAA contest against Evans, but added clutch hitting to their stellar defensive and pitching performances in 7-0 win Friday night.
Lefty Adam Sasser (2-0) worked five innings, limiting the Knights to three hits, before Clint Hardy finished with two innings of scoreless relief as the Wolfpack ran their record to 8-2, 4-1 in region play.
“The defense is playing really good and they have been all year,” said Sasser, who walked four and struck out two. “I couldn’t have done it without them,”
Wolfpack second baseman Jake Sandlin started two double plays in the first three innings and then shortstop Connor Hoover took over.
Hoover made a diving stop on a ground ball up the middle to force a runner at second for the final out in the fifth inning.
In the sixth, with the bases loaded and one out, he made a nice leaping grab of a liner for the second out. Hardy got out of the inning as he retired the next batter on a liner that was hit hard, but right at the left fielder.
“We feel like we’ve got a pretty good ballclub, they play well together and when you get pitching performances like we’ve gotten, you’re going to have a chance every time out,” Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins said.
After missing 12 days, Kyle Anderson (3-1) took the mound for the Knights (8-4, 2-3) and was effective early on with four strikeouts in two innings. An error led to three unearned runs in the third and the Wolfpack got to him for two more runs in the fourth.Tyler Roberts finished the final two innings giving up two more unearned runs.
The Wolfpack scored one of it’s third-inning runs on an error, one of two runs on a wild pitch in the fourth and one of two in the seventh on a groundout.
Chris Michals led the Wolfpack with three hits, including an RBI double in the third inning.