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Doubleheaders

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) Some high school baseball teams schedule Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday games. Others play mostly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and double-headers every other Saturday.

Everest's baseball schedule is usually loaded with Saturday doubleheaders. And sometimes there isn't enough quality pitching to go around if there are too many doubleheaders on the schedule. The usual solution is to pitch a varsity pitcher in the first game, and a make-shift pitching crew in the second game. The Evergreens have been such a good hitting team that they can be competitive in those second-games even if their pitching gives up some runs... and most of these games are non-conference affairs where a loss doesn't hurt you in the standings. That was certainly the case last Saturday against Appleton-East where Everest gave up 4-runs in the first inning, got within one run in the 5 th inning, and eventually lost 8-6. Logan Langhben, making his first varsity pitching appearance, allowed only 2 runs in four innings of relief, and gave his time a chance for a comeback.

In the first game Brady Borrell was the winning pitcher even though he wasn't as sharp as some of his earlier starts. The Evergreens got 5 runs in a 10-batter 3 rd inning and coasted to an 11-4 win.

If the Evergreens have conference-game rainouts this week, more doubleheaders may be scheduled. This might actually work to Everests advantage. They could be stuck facing Marshfield's and West's best pitchers twice if the make-ups are single games. If made-up as doubleheaders, the Evergreens would have a chance to hit against those teams' secondary pitchers. I like Everest's chances in the high-scoring big-offense games that would result.

So let's see what Mother Nature has in store for us. The week ahead: at Marshfield on Tuesday at 4:30pm; hosting Wausau-West on Thursday at 5pm; and a triangular on Saturday against Rhinelander and Gladstone.

Chris Conley
4.28.14