While creeping in to field a potential bunt, Greenbrier third baseman Kirsten McMonigle instead stared down a rocket off the bat of Evans center fielder Savannah Gabriel.
McMonigle snared the line drive with the potential tying run on third base and one out in the bottom of the seventh. A routine fly ball to left ended the game as the Lady Wolfpack held on for the 2-1 win Thursday night at Evans.
McMonigle also got it done at the plate with three hits, including an infield single between third base and shortstop that scored Jordie Holt from third in the top of the seventh inning.
Holt singled to start the seventh, was sacrificed to second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on McMonigle’s hit.
Greenbrier (6-2) drew first blood in the battle between the top two teams in Region 2A-AAAAA in both teams’ first region game of the season.
“Typical Evans-Greenbrier softball game,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black.
“A break here or there and the game goes the other way.”
In addition to McMonigle’s catch, Lady Wolfpack pitcher Kirsten Titus (5-1) got help in the third inning with two on and one out when shortstop Taylor DuPree picked a low liner from Elyssa Melton off her shoestrings and touched second base for the inning-ending double play.
“I thought we played a good game and that’s why they call it a game of inches I guess, especially in the last inning,” said Evans head coach Colette Cassedy, whose team fell to 8-2.
Titus went the distance, allowing one run on six hits and five strikeouts. Evans pitcher Natalie Johnson allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out two.