In a wild game that wasn’t settled until the top of the seventh, Evergreen erased a deficit by sending 18 batters to the plate to finish with a crazy 21-11 Northwest Ohio Athletic League softball win Wednesday at Swanton.
Two singles and a walk quickly loaded the bases for the Vikings in the top of the seventh inning. Andrea Smithmyer came up and popped up to the second baseman and with her back turned to the infield once the play was made, Kennedy Keller scored on the play. Tori Fuller added a hit to drive in a run, which started the hit parade for the Vikings.
“I knew we were going to be able to hit the ball,” admitted first-year Evergreen coach Andy Langenderfer. “I wasn’t expecting the onslaught in the seventh inning. We’re a good hitting team. We’ve played some tough competition.”
Myra Kuszmaul drove in a pair of runs with a double, then she took third on a wild pitch. Grace Bryson laid down a bunt with the runner at third, and reached on a throwing error that allowed Kuszmaul to score.
Bryson later scored on an error as the Vikings moved ahead.
A walk and groundout ended the first time through the Evergreen order. They all batted one more time with two outs to take a big lead.
Keller reached on a dropped fly ball, plus Jamie VanLoocke and Kelsie Komisarek had singles. Smithmyer drew a walk, then Sara Myers drove in a pair of runs with a single. A wild pitch, error and single by Kuszmaul finished the offense for Evergreen.
“It was great to put all of it together,” added Langenderfer about the offensive attack.
Swanton took the lead by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third. A walk, single, error and wild pitch started the frame, then hits by Alexis Bergman and Jessica Dohm drove in runs. Finding a spot on the left side, Haley Nelson rolled a hit through that side for a run, and Rachel Waszak came through with a two-run single near the same spot.
“We’re trying,” stated Swanton coach Joe Nye on the game and season. “I’m disappointed because I have some kids that really care. They’re upset because we didn’t finish it off.”
Evergreen cut the lead to 8-7 in the top of the fifth, however, Kylie Ulch gave the Bulldogs some room when she blasted a three-run home run to centerfield.
Kuszmaul drove in a run in the sixth to make the score 11-8 going into the seventh.
“We had a rough inning but we were able to keep our heads up,” noted Langenderfer about battling back. “We played hard and finished it out. Winning was a complete team effort.”
Courtney Couts had a two-run single as a part of a four-run second inning for the Vikings. They added two more in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
Kuszmaul finished with four hits for the Vikings. Komisarek added three hits. Dohm had three hits to lead the Bulldogs, while Nelson, Waszak, Ulch and Olivia Bergman all had two hits.
Swanton then fell 9-4 at Bryan Thursday, but swept Edgerton on the road in a doubleheader Saturday. Evergreen added a 11-7 victory over Archbold Thursday, then pounded Cardinal Stritch 15-2 Friday, and took a doubleheader over Lake on Saturday.
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