Like we said at the beginning of the summer, ACME baseball is like spring training for the next season.
If that’s the case then Delta is on their way to polishing up for 2017 while Evergreen looked like a team that needs summer and winter ball to get ready for next spring as the Panthers banged out 15 hits and took advantage of a myriad of walks, errors and flat out in some cases, lack of hustle to pound the Vikings 16-2.
Delta got it going right away in the first against starter David Moore.
A lead off walk, a single from Owen Jagodzinski, Jason Beverly’s two-run double and Justin Anderson’s triple into right center helped plate four Delta runs.
The Panthers added on three more tallies in the third on Beverly’s second hit, a walk, Chris Brick’s single and starting Panther pitcher Rob Arredondo’s double.
Evergreen got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Travis Newcomb doubled and scored on a Jon Milliken single to make it 7-1 but the Panthers answered with a big six spot in the fourth against reliever Bryce Eisel.
Cole Mattin and Jagodzinki singled and Beverly followed with a drive into the left center field gap in which he circled the bases when the relay throw got away from the cutoff man to make it 10-1.
Singles from Anderson and Brick were followed by Travis Dunning’s base hit that was misplayed for an error and when the Viking outfielder was slow getting to the ball Dunning got to third where he scored the sixth marker of the inning on a fly ball.
Evergreen picked up their other run in the fourth on singles from Nick Hudik and Phoenix VanOstrand and a groundout.
Delta finished out scoring in the fifth on an RBI double from Beverly, a run scoring triple by Anderson and a wild pitch.
While Delta was accumulating six extra base hits among the 15 hits on the game, Evergreen could only manage five hits total.
Arredondo worked an above average four innings to pick up the victory, walking one and striking out four.
Moore took the loss, pitching only into the third inning, walking four Panther hitters and striking out two.
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