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Two great individual efforts

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) With the Evergreens on a three game winning streak, it's a great time to remember that baseball is the most individual of team sports. The most basic match-up is an individual pitcher against an individual batter. The Evergreens have seen two outstanding individual performances in recent days.

Pitcher Austin Solomon was an emergency relief pitcher on Friday night against Wausau-East. He entered with none-out and two-on in the 3rd inning after starter Sean Leudtke injured his throwing elbow. The defense promptly committed an error to load the bases. Solomon was able to pitch out of that jam, and then threw three more innings of scoreless baseball to earn the win. It was a great performance from a pitcher who came into the game stone-cold.

Mike Plaza put on a hitting clinic during Saturday's doubleheader against Eau Claire Memorial. In danger of seeing his batter average fall below .400 for the first time this season, he went 5-of-6 in the first game and 1-3 in the nightcap. His home run in game two was the longest-hit ball I've seen this year, travelling more than 400 feet before landing on the UW-Eau Claire football field far beyond the left field wall. By the end of the day, Plaza raised his batting average to .462.

The Evergreens are back to .500 for the season, and have conference games against Marshfield and Wausau-West this week.

Chris Conley