WOODSTOCK -- Etowah moved one step closer to the state playoffs with a 3-1 win over Roswell on Tuesday.
Etowah (17-8, 5-5) entered the game in a three-way tie for third in Region 4AAAAAAA with Lassiter and Roswell (11-11, 4-6), just a game back of Woodstock for second and a game ahead of Cherokee in sixth.
“It’s crucial to get Game 1,” Etowah coach Greg Robinson said. “We got the pitching and some timely hits. That’s what we need this time of year, especially when we’re bunched in the middle of the region with three other teams.”
Adam Metevier took care of Roswell on the mound. He struck out eight while allowing just four hits and one run -- a solo home run in the fifth inning -- in the complete-game outing.
“Metevier was great,” Robinson said. “You know what you’re going to get from him. He’s going to throw strikes, and when we play good defense behind him, we’re in good shape. He had all three pitches working (Tuesday). That makes him very hard to hit.”
Etowah needed Metevier’s performance, too, as the Eagles struggled to push runs across early.
Etowah had runners in scoring position in the first and second innings. It got there again in the fourth, when Ryan Lobus hit a two-out double to score Jacob LeFevers. After a walk to Michael Straub, Cole Ellis singled home Carson Kirby and Lobus to give Etowah all the cushion it needed.
“It’s not like we were hitting bad,” Robinson said. “We got runners on in two innings in a row. We just couldn’t get them home. That’s really what matters, but, when we needed it, our senior really stepped up. That’s what you need from guys like Lobus who have been here before.”
Lobus finished 2-for-3, while Ellis and Michael Sharman also added two hits apiece to lead Etowah’s offense.
Besides the home run from Jacob Jarrett, Roswell never seriously threatened to get back into the game, as a single in the sixth and a walk in the seventh was all the Hornets could muster, with neither runner getting past first base.
The win kept Etowah's hopes of hosting a first-round playoff series alive, but there is still work to do with a season-ending doubleheader Thursday at Roswell.
“It’s just like it has been all season,” Robinson said. “If we can go out there, throw strikes, play defense and get the hits when we need them, we’re going to give ourselves a chance.”