Eisel shuts out Panthers

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

For the second straight game, Evergreen received a stellar pitching performance, this time from Bryce Eisel, and defeated Delta 2-0 in ACME play at Delta last Tuesday.

“Bryce threw an outstanding game,” said Viking co-summer coach Noah Eisel. “However after we got two runs in the first, we needed to keep our foot on the gas and add on. We had some opportunities to do that, but we need to do a better job of getting runners home.”

Evergreen got all the runs Eisel needed in the opening frame.

Adam Baumgartner reached on an error to open the game before Josh Dowling and John Ruth delivered one out singles to load the bases.

Panther starter Cole Mattin almost escaped any damage when he got a pop up for the second out but Tommy Pollard and Dave Moore each drew a walk to force in two Viking runs.

The Vikings threatened in the second and the fourth, getting runners on second and third, then first and third respectively with two out, but couldn’t cash in a big hit.

Meanwhile Eisel allowed just two Panther base runners in the first four innings before Delta threatened in the fifth.

Logan Echler walked with one down and Tristen Saeger followed with a single to put a runner on first and second but Baumgartner speared Austin Michael’s line drive at short and turned it into an inning ending twin-killing to keep Evergreen up 2-0.

Mattin doubled to left with one down in the seventh but Eisel forced two ground outs to preserve the shutout.

For the game the junior-to-be right-hander gave up just three hits, two by Mattin, and walked just one while striking out six Panthers.

Mattin took the loss, also giving up just a trio of hits but walked four and struck out two.

Evergreen then fell to Archbold 5-0 on Thursday.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor