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Highlight win shows Evans has balance, talent

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A no-hitter and a milestone win for coach Colette Cassedy were the highlights of an 8-0 win for Evans on Thursday, but the win also provided a balanced effort the Lady Knights are seeking in region play.

Evans coach Colette Cassedy captured her 500th career victory last week. The win, which came in a no-hitter, gives the Knights confidence late in region play.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/FILE
Evans coach Colette Cassedy captured her 500th career victory last week. The win, which came in a no-hitter, gives the Knights confidence late in region play.

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Evans shut out Lakeside in five innings behind a Natalie Johnson no-hitter, giving Cassedy her 500th coaching win. It was a big night for the coach, senior and program, and Cassedy acknowledged it was important for this season.

“I was pleased with the game,” she said. “We were needing a good game offensively, defensively, pitching, and it kind of came together. We’ve been trying to get it all together. We’ve been struggling the last few games, just not playing to our potential, just not the way we should be playing.”

After going 1-2 in an Atlanta-area tournament over the weekend, Evans sits at 13-8. But the more important number is 3-1 in Region 2A-AAAAA. Two wins over Lakeside have boosted that record.

The lone loss was by one run to region heavyweight Greenbrier on Sept. 5. Evans is a game back of the Lady Wolfpack with two region games remaining before the region tournament.

Evans has a chance at revenge with a big game at Greenbrier today. The rematch determines whether Evans is able to tie Greenbrier in the region standings.

For Evans, it will need more of what Johnson offered against Lakeside, throwing five hitless innings with 10 strikeouts. Cassedy said adjustments were made and Johnson returned to form in the start.

“She picked up on a couple things that maybe she wasn’t doing in past games,” Cassedy said. “Once she started making corrections, it was old Natalie again.”

WOLFPACK SUCCESS: Greenbrier has had a successful past couple weeks in sports.

The Wolfpack wrestling team sported a winner in the Newnan Cougar Preseason Classic on Sept. 14 when Steve Archambo won gold in the 285-pound weight class for folkstyle wrestling.

Greenbrier ran away with the boys and girls cross country meets at Wildwood Park on Thursday.

Logan Hughes took first place in the boys division at 17:10, and Jon Townsend finished in second place. Evans’ Justin Weegar was third.

In the girls division, Greenbrier’s Laura Shillingsburg placed first at 21:48. Evans’ Jackie Ramos and Jasmine Stone finished second and third, respectively.

PREP WINS: Augusta Prep dominated at the Furman University Invitational on Sept. 14.

The boys team placed first, with Evan Downs finishing second and John Earwood finishing fourth. The Augusta Prep girls team placed third, with Jamie Holodak finishing third.


The area’s top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WJBF-TV, WRDW-TV, WGAC and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses.

1. North Augusta (4)915-01
2. Washington Co. (5)884-02
3. Strom Thurmond784-03
4. Jefferson County (1)754-04
5. Washington-Wilkes604-05
6. Aquinas483-07
T7. Burke County321-26
T7. Lakeside322-1NR
9. Silver Bluff294-18
10. Harlem124-0NR

Others receiving votes: Lincoln County 2, Thomson 2, Westside 1.

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