By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net
Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen
May 15, 2018
Stevens Point– In a tie atop the Wisconsin Valley Conference, the Stevens Point Area Senior High and D.C. Everest baseball teams were hoping to get a jump in the standings when the teams took the field Tuesday afternoon at Bukolt Park.
By the end of the game, it was the Panthers who were able to get the jump.
SPASH scored four runs in the first inning and rode strong pitching and defense the rest of the way as they downed the Evergreens 6-0.
The teams will square off again on Thursday when the Panthers make the trip to Everest.
“We just had to focus on today,” SPASH coach Kraig Terpstra said. “We can only worry about one game at a time, and we did that.”
After stranding a pair of Evergreen base runners in the top of the first inning, the Panthers hit the ground running as they batted around the order. Lead-off batter Brady Franz reached on a walk and advanced to third on a throwing error by DCE pitcher Trevor Samuelson that allowed Brett Ehr to reach to put runners on the corners with no outs. Jack Kelly then smacked a double to right-center field that plated Franz and Ehr to take a 2-0 lead.
Kelly later scored on an error by the right fielder, and Isaac Perner scored the final run of the frame on a Sam Lawrynk double.
For the game, the Panthers belted out nine hits with four coming as doubles.
Defensively, the Panthers were just as dynamic. Pitchers JD Schultz and Dylan Trigg combined to allow just three Everest hits, and stranded nine Evergreen base runners including a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to close out the game.
“I was consistent with my fastball, but I struggled early with my curve,” Schultz said. “But my team had my back, they made it easy to pitch with a four run lead early.”
The Panthers also turned two double plays to end Everest threats in the third and sixth innings, while falling into one in the second.
“We left too many runners on,” Everest coach Dave Langbehn said. “Two errors and four runs in the first inning is a lot to overcome when you’re not hitting the ball.”
SPASH added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ehr crushed a double to left field that plated Michael Glodosky and Austin Beyer. Ehr tried to stretch it into a triple, but got cut down on a 9-6-5 relay as the Evergreens showed some defensive prowess.
Panthers 6 Evergreens 0
DC Everest 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Stevens Point 400 002 X` – 6 9 2
WP: JD Schultz 5IP 2H 3K 3BB. LP: Trevor Samuelson 3IP 6H 2K 1BB. 2B- SP, Jack Kelly, Sam Lawrynk, Cole Wright, Brett Ehr.
Records: SPASH 14-2 overall, 8-1 WVC, D.C. Everest 10-4 overall, 7-2 WVC.