Panthers stay undefeated with shutout of Evergreen


By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor



Jacob Buchhop worked out of trouble in the first three innings and Delta took advantage of a couple early breaks and went on to beat Evergreen 5-0 to remain undefeated at 2-0 on the young season Tuesday on the road.

The Panther win followed up a 7-3 decision over Genoa the day before.

After Teagen Pinkelman and Nick Etue singled for the Vikings in the first, and worked a double steal with two out, Buchhop got out of further difficulty with a pop out to end the threat.

Evergreen put the first two runners on in the second on a Phoenix VanOstrand base hit and a walk, but Buchhop got a strikeout and double play grounder to end that rally.

The Vikes last real scoring chance came an inning later when Noah Eisel and Etue had back-to-back two out singles. However, Buchhop induced a ground out to stop the rally.

“Jacob is a good young pitcher for us,” explained Panther coach Damon Mattimore. “When we started out we talked about getting ahead in the count with a fastball early. He got away from the that a little at times but his defense picked him up.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers got a break against Viking starter Bryce Hudik in the first when after a pair of two out walks, Jason Beverly’s seemingly inning ending pop up in short left was dropped plating a run.

Delta scored again in the second when after Evan Vasquez singled and stole second, Gabe Freeman doubled into the left-center field gap with two down to score the second Panther run.

The Panthers made it 3-0 in the fourth without a hit.

Owen Jagodzinski drew a base on balls, stole second, was bunted to third and scored on a Ron Vargyas squeeze bunt.

“We’ve tried to install in the kids in the early season here that bunting, hit and running and stealing bases are a good thing for us and they have bought into it so far,” said Mattimore.

Delta marked a pair of unearned runs in the fifth against reliever David Moore when Aaron Abbott reached on an error and after Marc Callahan was hit by a pitch with two out, Jagodzinski singled to bring home one tally. He then teamed with Callahan on a double steal to score a second run.

For the game, Buchhop gave up five hits but did not walk a batter to pick up the victory.

Hudik allowed just five hits as well and just two earned runs as he was saddled with the loss.

The Vikings fall to 1-2 with the defeat.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor

Joe Blystone can be reached at [email protected]

Joe Blystone can be reached at [email protected]