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Reassessing the Evergreens

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) A few games into the season, here's what I thought about the Evergreens: They'd lost a lot of pitching from last year, and making up for it will be the challenge. But they're a better hitting team. And the defense should be improved. (It almost has to be from a year ago.)

At the half-way point of the baseball season, I'm reassessing those thoughts.

The defense is not better. Eight errors in their 12-8 loss to Wausau-West, and four more in a 10-2 defeat to Wisconsin Rapids suggest that the Evergreens are just as prone to throwing the ball away as they were last year. And the hitting has been a sometimes thing, which may be harmed by all the weather-related time off. Earlier this season the Evergreens had five or six players who were threats at the plate. Now only Mason Hagenbucher and Mike Plaza remain above .400.

What if this is essentially the same team as last year, minus its two best pitchers? I hope I'm wrong. If I'm right, this team may drift further and further towards the bottom of the Wisconsin Valley Conference standings.

Chris Conley