When John Waters started to apply the brakes coming into third base, Greenbrier coach Jason Osborn had other plans.
Matthew Chester delivered the game-winning, two-out double in the bottom of the ninth, with Waters just beating the throw home in a 7-6 win for the Wolfpack over Evans on Monday night.
“I wasn’t stopping him at third,” Osborn said. “He tried to stop, but I wasn’t stopping him.”
At almost the halfway point of the 15-game region schedule, Greenbrier improved to 13-3 overall, 6-1 in Region 3-AAAAAA play. The Wolfpack have won five in a row after losing almost two weeks ago to Grovetown.
Evans fell to 6-12 overall, 3-4 in region play. The good news for the Knights? They get two more opportunities to play the Wolfpack this week.
The series resumes at 6 p.m. Wednesday when Greenbrier travels to Evans. The two teams finish their series at 7 p.m. Friday at Greenbrier.
“This just adds to it,” Knights coach Ricky Beale said. “Evans-Greenbrier is always great. This was a great game tonight. You’ve got to tip your hat to them. They came and did what they had to do at the end.
“This just makes Wednesday’s game more fun.”
Chester, who went 3 for 5 with two doubles, tied the game at 1 with an infield single in the third. Later in the inning, Parker Sewell ripped a two-run double off the fence to extend the Greenbrier lead to 3-1.
Evans bounced back to tie the game twice. The Knights plated two runs in the fourth before Greenbrier followed with three runs in the bottom of the inning, a two-run Eric Jenkins chopper over third base the big blow.
Down 6-3, Evans mounted a two-out rally in the fifth. Brian Mitchell reached on a walk. Patrick Daniel followed with a single. Jordan Ibarra then ripped a two-run single to left. Following an Evan Sullivan single, a wild pitch by Jenkins advanced the runners. Then, Stephen Long tied the game at 6 on an RBI single. Long went 3 for 4 for Evans.
Jenkins, who entered in relief of Bryce Meler, settled in during the middle innings. But in the eighth, Long led off with a double. Two batters later, Jalen Luke followed with an infield single. With two outs, Greenbrier elected to intentionally walk Lackey. With the bases full and two outs, Jenkins struck out Ashton Sturgell to end the inning.
Evans left nine runners on base in the contest, five in the final four innings.
“It seems like like we left guys on base in seven of the nine, eight of the nine innings. It was a lot,” Beale said. “We can’t do that.”