HAMLER – Evergreen received a solid pitching performance from left-hander Dave Moore, and took advantage of free bases from six Patrick Henry errors to post an 8-3 Northwest Ohio Athletic League baseball win Monday.
The Vikings finished at 2-5 in the league.
“Strike one was huge,” Viking coach Brian Nagy said evaluating Moore’s outing. “He was able to get ahead in the count and make them chase his breaking pitch.
“With the pitch count rules it was important that he was able to give us seven innings in this game with a number of games coming up this week. His pitch efficiency was good which has been an Achilles heel this year for us.”
The only Patriot hitter Moore struggled with was lead off batter Kolton Holloway who tripled and scored in the first, and then tripled in the seventh to plate the final two Patriot runs.
In between, Moore allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while sending nine PH players back to the bench on strikes.
Offensively, the Vikes jumped on Patrick Henry right away with three first inning runs after two were out.
Josh Dowling’s base hit started the rally, and after he stole second, Moore followed with a run-scoring single to put the Vikings on top.
A base hit by Sam Lubinski, a wild pitch, and Bryce Hudik’s single brought home two more Evergreen runs for a 3-1 lead after one.
Evergreen tacked on four more in the fourth, helped along by some shoddy Patrick Henry defense.
Lubinski opened the inning with a single and stole second.
An error and Jack Krispin’s base hit marked the first score in the frame.
Another boot and Mason Henricks’ fly ball got two more home, and after a walk to Collin Loeffler, Dowling’s third hit of the game made it 7-1.
“Offensively we got some of the two-out hitting we have been looking for,” said Nagy. “The three in the first inning was a great start and then Josh Dowling with three hits, two of them that helped us score with two out were big.”
Three PH errors in the fifth allowed the eighth Evergreen run to score.
The Vikes next play tonight at Napoleon, then finish the regular season at home with a twin bill against Lenawee Christian Saturday, and a Monday date with Fairview.
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