EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) The toughest thing about yesterday's season ending loss to Ashwaubenon was that the two teams from the Fox Valley (the other was Bay Port) looked so ordinary. They were beatable. The gap between Everest and Wausau-West and the Jaguars and Pirates wasn't nearly as big as in past years. If they played their best, you could see the Evergreens winning outright.
As you probably know by now, Everest took a 1-run lead on Alex Kell's 2-RBI double in the 6th, and then gave those two runs back after two walks and double just out of reach of a diving Wyatt Brown in the bottom of the inning. The Evergreens had runners on second and third with no outs in the 7th and failed to score.
And there was the strange suicide-squeeze call with one out. I suspect the Everest batter missed a sign, but I can't be sure. Kodie Kocher, the runner at third who broke for home, was out at the plate. In a newspaper interview after the game, Coach Dave Langbehn conceded it was the wrong play at the wrong time. Two batters later, the game was over.
The Evergreens finished the season at 13-11 in a second-place tie in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. They finished slightly better than last season, with slightly less pitching, and slightly more hitting. They were a little better than expected.
Next season is bright. The Evergreens have a lot of good pitching at the JV level that will continue to develop. And they'll be a good-hitting team again next season. We all just wish this season lasted a little longer.