Wolfpack back on the prowl

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The region's postseason seedings had already been decided when rivals Evans and Greenbrier met for the second time this season.

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Greenbrier starting pitcher Nolan Belcher threw four hitless innings before being relieved by Pat McGowan. Evans was limited to one hit.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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Greenbrier starting pitcher Nolan Belcher threw four hitless innings before being relieved by Pat McGowan. Evans was limited to one hit.

But the Wolfpack found something to play for, rebounding from two consecutive losses to throttle Evans, 13-0.

Greenbrier had already locked up the No. 1 seed in Region 3N-AAAA and the Knights claimed the No. 2 seed with a win against Lakeside on Tuesday.

All that was left for the Wolfpack was to erase the bad taste of consecutive losses to region-rival Lakeside and Class AAAA power Marist.

They did it in five innings Friday.

"They just keep working," Greenbrier coach Rodney Holder said. "They believe in what we do."

The Wolfpack seem to find it easier behind Nolan Belcher, who didn't pitch either of Greenbrier's previous two games. The senior pitched four hitless innings Friday before giving way to Pat McGowan.

The most trouble Belcher encountered was in the fourth, when he walked the bases loaded before striking out the final two batters to end the inning. By then, the Wolfpack already had their final cushion.

Their first three runs scored without a ball escaping the infield.

Evans starter Kevin Millward balked in the first Wolfpack run. Pinch runner Ben Morgan then scored from third when a pick-off throw to first was dropped.

On Tuesday, the Knights piled up nine third-inning runs to bury Lakeside. The Wolfpack launched three home runs in the third inning Friday to ensure there would be no comeback.

"Those first two innings were tough," Evans coach Ricky Beale said. "They swung the bats well tonight."

Millward was chased in the third after Kevin D'Antignac and T.D. Davis started the inning with home runs. Side-arming reliever Joseph Burns entered and surrendered a two-run shot to Chase Huffman.

On the other side, Belcher allowed the Knights nothing, maintaining his dominance.

The Region 3-AAAA playoffs start next Friday. Currently, Greenbrier and Evans' first-round opponents from the South were undecided.

Both have non-region games in between.

"It will be a good test, a good little tune-up," Holder said of his team's Tuesday trip to Burke County.

The Knights play host to Cross Creek on Monday.

"We got to get this out of our system," Beale said. "We'll work hard three days and be ready to go."

Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 863-6165 ext. 116 or stephen.fastenau@augustachronicle.com.

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