Evergreen moved to 5-1 in the NWOAL Monday afternoon with a rousing 13-1, five-inning victory at Swanton.
“We are continuing to come together, hopefully at the right time of the year with a couple big league games left and of course the tournament coming up,” said Viking coach Todd Momany.
The Vikings got all the runs they needed in the second inning, hanging a four spot on the Bulldogs.
Andrea Smithmyer started the inning with a base hit and after a force play at second and a passed ball, Grace Bryson’s RBI-single put the Vikings on top.
Freshman Kelsie Komisarek followed with a run scoring single and after a Becca Jankowiak single and Rachael Noe walk, Eden Eisel ripped a base hit to score a third Viking run before a force play marked another tally.
Eisel was far from done for the night as she led off the fourth with a ringing double and scored on Brittany Werner’s base hit to make it 5-0. Pinch-runner Heidi Fritsch came around to score on Jamie VanLoocke’s single to give the Vikes a 6-0 lead.
One inning later, Evergreen hung seven on the board as Eisel rammed an RBI-triple, Rachael Finney, Van Loocke and Bryson each had hits to mark a run, and Jankowiak doubled home two more. Furthermore, Eisel finished the same rally she started with a run scoring single, her fourth hit of the game.
Swanton’s only tally came in the bottom of the fifth when Haley Nelson singled and later scored on Hayley McMahan’s base hit.
Noe picked up the win in the circle, allowing just four hits and striking out three as Evergreen moved to 9-7 overall.
Swanton falls to 2-6 in the NWOAL and 7-11 overall.
The Vikings have a huge league make-up game tonight at Archbold. The Blue Streaks and Bryan are still undefeated in NWOAL play.
Swanton is off until Monday when they host Ottawa Hills in the sectional semifinal of the Division III softball tournament.
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