There is an old saying, mind over matter. Evergreen made sure it was mind over things that didn’t matter, as the Vikings took a 9-5 triumph over a ranting Patrick Henry team Wednesday in a makeup game.
The Vikings rang up seven first inning runs to take a big early lead.
Mason Henricks led off the game against starter Christian Petersen with a base hit, followed by a walk to Teagen Pinkelman.
Jack Krispin’s bouncer through the hole scored the first run.
John Ruth’s ground out scored a second run before Evergreen struck for five more with two out.
Josh Dowling’s base hit down the left field line scored one, a throwing error by Kolten Holloway marked another, Zack Lumbrezer’s base hit scored a third before Mason Fintel’s throwing error brought in the last two runs of the inning.
Evergreen added a run in the fourth when Henricks was plunked by a pitch, was bunted to second and scored on Ruth’s base hit to left.
Patrick Henry finally got on the board in the fifth.
Bryce Hudik breezed through the first four innings, giving up just one hit, but ran into control problems in the top of the fifth when he walked the last three hitters in the Patriot order with one down.
Fintel’s groundout got the Patriots on the board, but Hudik retired JJ Rettig on a bounce out to end the threat.
Evergreen answered that run with one of their own in the bottom of the inning when Dowling and Hudik walked, Holloway working in relief hit Lumbrezer with a pitch, and then Henricks walked to force in the ninth Evergreen run.
Hudik experienced wildness again with one down in the sixth. He walked four more Patriots around a Kal Harris single to force in two runs.
With two down, Hudik induced Fintel to roll a grounder to first, but the ball went through Sam Lubinski for an error to score a pair of runs to make it 9-5 before the sophomore righty got Rettig to roll out to Lubinski to end the inning.
Harris again singled with one down in the seventh and Viking coach Brian Nagy went to the mound amidst the derisive catcalls from the Patriot bench to bring in Phoenix VanOstrand.
VanOstrand got Holloway to pop up down the first base line and when Holloway ran into Lubinski making the play, a second out was awarded to Evergreen and VanOstrand finished the victory getting Jordan Moore to bounce out to short.
Petersen took the loss giving up four hits, two walks and four earned runs in his only inning of work. Holloway went the rest of the way allowing two hits, walking five and hitting three batters while striking out seven.
Patrick Henry only could get three hits off Hudik along with the seven walks. Hudik struck out four in getting the victory.
Evergreen finishes 4-3 in the NWOAL, good enough for third place behind Archbold and Bryan. The Vikings are at Otsego on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Division III sectional semifinal.
Patrick Henry is now 2-4 in the league with a game with Liberty Center remaining.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org