MILLBURY – Evergreen dodged bullets like targets at an arcade shooting gallery for four innings, but Lake’s Scott Mackiewicz finally put away the feisty Vikings with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth to break open a tight game, and help give the Flyers a 6-1 Division III baseball sectional win.
The loss ended Evergreen’s season.
It was Mackiewicz that began a first inning rally with an infield hit off starter Dave Moore, and after Harry Jackson’s bunt went for a hit, a balk and a ground ball gave Lake a 1-0 lead.
Mackiewicz was again involved in the second as after a pair of Moore walks around a sacrifice, the Flyers’ shortstop rapped a double the opposite way to double the Lake lead, 2-0.
Moore worked out of a second and third situation by striking out Jackson and getting an infield pop to avoid further damage.
Moore also got in and out of trouble in the third.
Austin Fouty led off with a double and was sacrificed to third but Jacob Boelkens fouled off a two-strike squeeze attempt and after another two walks, the Evergreen left-hander got Jaxon Delventhal on strikes to get out of the inning.
Evergreen chopped the Lake lead in half in the fourth when Mason Henricks singled to lead off the frame, moved to second on Josh Dowling’s sacrifice, and came home on Sam Lubinski’s clutch two-out single to left center.
However, that was the only offense the Vikings could get off Lake starter Nick Eye, and after the game was delayed 24 hours because of weather, the Flyers put together a game clinching inning.
Moore walked the first batter of the fifth before the rain and lightning came, and when the game resumed the next day (Thursday) with a 3-1 count on Boelkens, Bryce Hudik threw strike two before ball four that put Flyers on first and second.
Hudik struck out the next two hitters, but didn’t get the 50-50 call on a 3-2 pitch to Delventhal that would’ve got Evergreen out of the inning.
A wild pitch scored one run, then Mackiewicz sent the biggest hit of the game into the same spot as his previous double to give Lake a four run lead.
Fouty got six straight outs in relief of Eye to preserve the win.
Lake fell the next day in the sectional final at Archbold, 3-0.
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