Patrick Henry was verbal and offensive as they jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead, but after that Evergreen lefty Tom Pollard shut down both the bats at the plate and utterances from the dugout, as the Vikings beat the Patriots 11-2 in ACME baseball Thursday.
A leadoff walk, Colton Holloway’s one-out triple and a ground out produced two first inning runs for PH, but after that it was all Pollard as the senior to be scattered four base runners the next five innings, giving up just one hit and striking out 12 in the process.
Fellow lefty RJ Schunk finished up, allowing a walk and whiffing a 13th Patriot in the seventh.
Evergreen cracked the scoreboard in the third when Brain Floyd walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and came home on Sam Lubinski’s fly ball.
The Vikings took the lead for good the next inning, putting up a four spot on Patriot starter Axel Shanks.
Schunk’s line drive single to right center and a pair of walks loaded the bases with no one down.
Shanks almost escaped damage when he got a strikeout and a grounder that turned into a force at the plate to leave the bases jacked with two down.
However, leadoff hitter Mason Henricks came through with a huge two-out hit, blasting a double to deep center that cleared the bases and gave Evergreen a 4-2 lead.
Adam Baumgartner then delivered another two-out hit, a single to right that marked Henricks and made it 5-2.
Evergreen put the game away, tacking on six more in the sixth.
Collin Loeffler was hit by a pitch and two more walks followed to load the bases with one down.
Baumgartner sliced a single to left to score one, an error brought another home, before Jack Krispin, Schunk and Tanner Pollard each singled to knock in the last four Evergreen runs.
Tom Pollard’s final line showed two hits and two earned runs, plus three walks to go with his dozen Patriots that went down on strikes.
Shanks walked five, gave up three hits, while striking out five in taking the loss.
Evergreen now travels to Ottawa Hills for the ACME tournament beginning July 5.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org