Ahhhh summer baseball..or should we say spring training for the following spring.
It’s a time when a good player tries to hopefully refine his skills and teams that struggled in the spring look to improve.
After winning their first sectional title in 42 years, Tim McCarthy’s Swanton Bulldogs are looking for replacement parts at the plate and on the mound.
Swanton may have found at least one of those as Wyatt Lake turned in a decent 3 1/3 innings of work to help the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win on the road over Evergreen Thursday in ACME baseball.
Michael Lawniczak’s double and Derek Floyd’s RBI single off Viking starter Josh Dowling gave Swanton a first inning 1-0 lead.
Evergreen knotted the game back up in the bottom of the frame, really not getting the ball out of the infield.
Lake misplayed Mason Henricks’ pop up, an error, and Jack Krispin’s infield hit loaded the bases.
Lake almost got out of the inning without damage, striking out the next two Vikings, but hit Dave Moore with a pitch to force in the tying run.
Swanton took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third after two were out.
A walk and Lawniczak’s grounder through the infield produced one run with Lawniczak taking second on the throw home.
Lawniczak was a dead duck by 10 feet when he tried to steal third, but Krispin’s throw got away allowing him to score.
Evergreen got to Lake in the fourth to cut the lead in half.
Dowling’s sharp single opened the inning and after he stole second, a pair of walks pushed him to third where he scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.
The best performance on the mound of the night came from Evergreen lefty Tom Pollard who worked the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Pollard did walk three but allowed just one hit while striking out a pair.
Swanton scored an unearned insurance run in the top of the seventh off Henricks, courtesy of the second and third Evergreen errors of the night.
Lake picked up the win allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. He gave up one earned run.
Dowling took the loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out three.
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