Originally created 05/04/02

Knights pour it on

Evans shortstop Justin Walker hated to see the rain come Friday. After all, it killed his team's momentum and forced the Knights' best-of-three series with McIntosh to be completed today.

But he wasn't altogether unhappy.

Besides, even Walker could admit it was tough to frown after fourth-seeded Evans needed only six innings to shut out the No. 5 Chiefs, 10-0, during the Region 4-AAAAA play offs to take a 1-0 series lead.

The teams will resume play at 1 p.m. for the chance to go to the Georgia Class AAAAA state playoffs next week. If Evans loses today's first game, the series' rubber game will begin immediately after the opener.

"Of course, I wish we could have played two and just won it," said Walker, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. "But it's either the end of the road for us, or we move on to state. That's enough to keep us motivated and to come out fired up (today)."

A lack of inspiration certainly wasn't a problem Friday.

After bombing Chiefs starter Billy Secor with a five-run first inning - thanks in large part to a bases-loaded, two-run double by catcher Michael Armstrong - the Knights (18-6, 12-5 Region 4-AAAAA) weren't threatened again.

Evans starter Seth Newsome (6-1) pitched a four-hit, complete-game, and Walker and second baseman Jon Lee hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule.

"Offensively, that's what you dream of," Evans coach Ricky Beale said. "We felt like Newsome would do a good job. And when we came out with a five-spot in the first inning, that took a lot of the pressure off."

Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or josh.katzowitz@augustachronicle.com.


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