All year long Evergreen baseball coach Brian Nagy has been looking for that shutdown pitching performance to win a game.
He and his Vikings finally got one as senior Teagen Pinkelman threw four innings of one-hit relief, and Evergreen took advantage of one last costly Wauseon error in a mistake filled game to beat the Indians 7-6 on the road Friday, moving them to 2-1 in NWOAL play.
“Teagen did a great job getting ahead in the count and pitching to contact,” said Nagy. “It was exactly what we needed on the mound and to battle back after being behind.”
It was Evergreen who gaffed first when a pair of errors and a pop fly single by Jacob Raabe that should’ve been caught led to a couple first inning unearned runs against Bryce Hudik to give the Indians an early lead.
The Indians were just as giving in the second.
John Ruth’s base hit, an error, and a single from Phoenix VanOstrand loaded the bases with two out for the Vikings.
Freshman Mason Henricks delivered with a sharp single to right center to score a couple, then when Carter Bzovi botched Pinkelman’s ground ball, Evergreen took a 3-2 lead.
Trent Armstrong’s single, a walk, a force play, and a catcher’s indifference on a first and third situation put Indians on second and third with two out in the bottom of the second.
When Hudik cast a pickoff move at second into center field, Armstrong scored the tying run.
Evergreen scored the first earned runs of the game off Indian starter Brooks Gype in the third on Ruth’s second hit, a steal, a base hit from Sam Lubinski, a walk and VanOstrand’s second hit to go up 5-3.
Again Wauseon came right back with three earned off Hudik on Gype’s single, a hit batter, Raabe’s triple to deep right center and a wild pitch to take a 6-5 lead.
Three straight singles by Pinkelman, Jack Krispin, and Bryce Eisel loaded the bases for Evergreen in the fourth against Indian reliever Justus Chapa with no one down. But, he got out of the inning allowing only the tying run on a wild pitch.
Evergreen took the lead for good in the fifth.
Hudik reached on an error, VanOstrand’s bunt moved him to second, and when Raabe misplayed Henricks’ chopper down the third base line and threw wild to first, the Vikings claimed a 7-6 lead.
Pinkelman made that lead hold up, giving up only Gype’s seventh inning infield hit to finish off the win.
Pinkelman did not walk a batter and struck out one for the victory.
Chapa was the hard luck loser in the game, as he allowed just one earned run in his four innings of work, four hits while striking out three without a walk.
Ruth and VanOstrand each had a pair of hits in the Vikings’ nine hit attack.
Gype and Raabe each had two of the five Wauseon hits, with Raabe knocking in three runs.
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