If ACME baseball is like spring training for the next season, then summer softball that isn’t travel may be like the Arizona Instructional League.
Swanton traveled to Evergreen last week taking five of their spring starters but only eight players, having to use an Evergreen player as a ninth defensively.
Meanwhile Evergreen, with three of their top line players from the spring, added in 15 more prospects and used them liberally to take a 6-5 five-inning win.
The teams played five more innings in a scrimmage like atmosphere following.
Swanton took advantage of a Breanna Huffman wild streak to score twice in the first.
Rachel Waszak was hit by a pitch and Olivia Bergman walked to start the contest.
A wild pitch moved up both runners and Kylie Ulch’s bounce out scored the first run before another wild pitch marked the second.
Two more walks and a hit batter loaded the bases before Huffman got away from further trouble with an inning-ending strikeout.
Evergreen got one back against Bergman in the first when Huffman walked, went to third on an error, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead in the second on two more walks and a Bri Williams base hit that when the Evergreen outfield got caught looking at each other, went for a two-run triple.
Evergreen tied the game in the third.
An error, Andrea Smithmyer’s line drive double, another Bulldog error, and Riley Lumbrezer’s pop fly down the right field line that fell for a two-run double marked three runs.
The Vikings then took the lead in the fourth.
Zoe VanOstrand’s booming triple to right center started the inning, before an infield error and Smithmyer’s shot into the right center field gap plated two runs to make it 6-4.
Swanton rallied in the fifth when Waszak’s two-out fly ball to right was misplayed into a triple and Bergman’s solid single to right cut the lead in half, 6-5, before reliever Brooklyn Richardson induced a ground ball to third to end the game.
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