METAMORA – In a game where one mistake could be vital, Evergreen made two that proved critical, giving Swanton the two fourth inning runs they needed for a 2-1 victory.
“We didn’t hit the ball very hard at all,” said Bulldog coach Tim McCarthy. “Baseball’s kind of a funny game sometimes. We made the most out of the one chance we had and a couple of mistakes helped out.”
Evergreen actually had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. The Vikes’ starting pitcher Teagan Pinkelman ripped one of his four hits on the night, a double to left center with one down.
Levi Carson moved him to third on a ground out and Nick Etue doubled over Gunnar Oakes’ head in center to plate the first run of the game.
However, the Bulldogs rallied in the top of the next inning.
Jonny Shanks was hit by a pitch and stole second.
Jordon Nyler bounced to the mound and Pinkelman had Shanks dead going to third. However, his throw was dropped putting runners on first and third with no one out.
Pinkelman got Oakes to foul out, but Marek Spiess’ shot up the middle went off Pinkelman and no one else could make a play as the tying run scored and Nyler who had advanced to second earlier on a catcher’s indifference, ended up at third.
A botched squeeze play had Nyler hung up between third and home but the throw behind the Bulldog runner was early and Nyler raced home with the go-ahead run.
Meanwhile, John Johnston worked a strong four innings for Swanton before giving way to Nyler in the fifth.
Evergreen mounted a threat in the seventh when Drew Greene reached second on a Bulldog throwing error, but after a missed sacrifice bunt, Nyler picked the Viking runner off second to squelch the rally.
Swanton is now 1-1 on the summer, while Evergreen fell to 1-2.