EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) I've never seen a team melt down like the Evergreens did last night. Leading 7-0 in the 6 th inning, Wausau-West scored 4 times, and then added 4-more runs in the 7 th to force extra innings. After the teams matched zeros to the 11 th , West added another 4-spot in an ugly-beyond-belief inning.
The tying run scored on a wild pitch. All four runs in the 11 th were unearned, with the game-winning run reaching on a fielding error. Two of the insurance runs came on a double-error; a dropped line drive in left and a wild throw back to the infield. The Evergreens committed four errors in the 11 th , and 8 errors for the ballgame. When giving an opponent that many extra outs, no lead is safe.
Yet there were some small, not-so-obvious things that could have still put the game in the win column. Starting pitcher Brady Borrell was tired going into the 6 th inning. He was working on a shutout at the time, and was kept in the game. Should he have given way to the bullpen at the end of the inning? The two possible exit points were when he allowed the first runs to score, or the end of the inning. Borrell stayed in past both. The first call to the bullpen was to Alex Kell, who struggled with his control. Austin Solomon might have been able to close the door on West in the 7 th . Intead he was held in reserve until extra innings, where he pitched well. The Evergreens had a lead-off double in the 9 th , the next three batters were unable to advance him or drive him home.
The Evergreens play Wisconsin Rapids today, a team they beat 7-0 to open the season. Rapids has been streaky. They won four-in-a-row earlier this year, and have lost three-in-a-row since then. Yesterday they lost 12-1 to SPASH. Before that they were swept in a Saturday doubleheader by 11-0 Appleton-North.
Let's see if the Evergreens can bounce back from what seems like a low-point in the season.