By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net
Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen
May 18, 2017
STEVENS POINT- After struggling to have success at the plate Tuesday against D.C. Everest, the Stevens Point Area Senior High baseball team was hoping the late success that ultimately won Tuesday’s contest would carry over to Thursday.
Powered by 15 hits, the Panthers were able to carry on their extra innings ways as they cut down the Evergreens 9-0 Thursday afternoon at Bukolt Park in Wisconsin Valley Conference play.
The Panthers edged the Evergreens 2-0 in nine innings Tuesday in a pitchers dual to earn the regular season sweep.
“We continued where we left off in extra innings on Tuesday,” SPASH coach Kraig Terpstra said. “We had 15 hits, good pitching, and the defense responded when it had to.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead after two when Cole Wright hit into a double play that plated DH Jack Kelly.
The Panthers added three more runs in the third frame when Josh Morton brought in Gus Turner-Zick on an RBI double. Kelly capped off the frame when he brought in Brady Woyak and Morton.
SPASH was held scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings until they blew the game wide-open in the sixth where they put up five runs and removed any chance of a comeback by Everest.
“We just need to start hitting the ball,” said Everest coach Dave Langbehn, whose team only tallied four hits in the game. “We don’t want to be too aggressive, but when it’s a strike and hittable we need to swing, and we’ve been swinging at the wrong pitches.”
Limiting the Evergreens’ offense was SPASH pitcher Dylan Trigg who pitched for six innings and notched six strikeouts and allowed two walks while sprinkling four hits.
But when Trigg fell on hard times on the mound, his defense was right in position to pick him up.
In the second inning, after allowing a lead-off walk and stolen base, Woyak made a diving grab in the right field foul area to earn the first out in the inning, Despite the Everest base runner, Matt Jagodzinski, still tagging and advancing to third, Trigg was able to punch out the second out and force a fly out to center to end the threat.
Everest, again, threatened in the third when they loaded the bases with one out, but Trigg was able to strikeout the final two batters to nullify the progress the Everest offense had made.
“This is another game where we had no errors,” Terpstra said. “We’re running the bases better, and we’re playing with great intensity and I’m just pleased with the approach.”
Panthers 9 Evergreens 0
DC Everest 000 000 0 – 0 4 1
SPASH 013 005 X – 9 15 0
WP: Dylan Trigg. LP: Tanner Richardson. SO- DCE: Richardson 4, Adam Budnick 1; SP: Trigg 5, Careron Lee 1. BB- DCE, Richardson 1; SP: Trigg 2, Lee 2. 3B- SP: Cole Wrght. 2B- SP: Kelly, Morton, Lawrynk.
Records: SPASH 11-11 overall, 7-2 WVC, D.C. Everest 9-8 overall, 5-5 WVC.