Pettisville tops Evergreen

METAMORA – Every possible way a mistake could be made, Evergreen made it on Tuesday.

And despite only getting one hit in the first 3 2/3 innings, Pettisville had jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

The Blackbirds eventually finished with seven hits, including three-run doubles from Justin Rupp and Dillon King and finished off a 14-4 win over the Vikings.

The Blackbirds first struck in the first, getting a pair of runs without getting the ball out of the infield.

Landon Roth drew a one-out walk off Viking starter Nick Etue, then on Christian Barhite’s ground ball to third, Jaden Adamczewski’s throw to second was late to put a pair on base.

Etue got a second out on a roller to first and should have gotten out of the inning when Dillon King bounced to third.

However, Adamczewski’s throw was wide and when the ball got away, both runners raced home.

Evergreen threatened with runners in scoring position in the first three innings but Pettisville starter Evan King got out of trouble each time with a line drive “at-em” ball to end all three innings.

Pettisville blew the game open in the fourth against reliever Nick Hudik.

An error, a walk and yet another error put one run across and Blackbirds on first and second with no outs.

After a wild pitch a ground out scored another run to make it 4-0, and with runners at the corners, Garrett Young bunted right to Hudik and the Viking pitcher threw home, except, no one was coming to the plate for the Blackbirds and when Noah Eisel’s ensuing throw to first got away another run scored to make it 5-0.

David Rupp followed with Pettisivlle’s first hit, a pop up that was misplayed and fell behind third to score a fourth run of the inning.

After a walk, a force out and another walk, Justin Rupp drove a ball into the right center field gap to clear the bases and put the Blackbirds up 9-0.

Evergreen scratched out a run in the bottom of the inning on Etue’s second single of the night, a stolen base, and a double steal after Phoenix VanOstrand walked.

Pettisville rallied for five runs against Travis Newcomb in the sixth in the more conventional way with a walk, singles from Roth and Barhite, a hit batter, Dillon King’s bases loaded double, and Evan King’s single.

Evergreen did pick up three in the sixth on Teagan Pinkelman’s base hit, walks to Levi Carson and Eisel, then Adamczewski’s double.

Evan King worked the first five innings to pick up the win, walking two and striking out two while allowing three hits.

Etue took the loss despite working three hitless innings and only giving up two unearned runs, walking two and striking out five.