DENVER — Considering how little his team had actually been on a baseball diamond in preparation for the 2013 season, Evergreen baseball coach Matt Erholtz could find little not to like about the Cougars’ 8-2 victory over host John F. Kennedy on March 16.
Jack Drumright and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and six different batters had hits in Evergreen’s second straight win. The Cougars defeated Westminster 5-0 the day before in the weather-delayed season opener behind Jake Englehart’s one-hitter.
“We were happy with the performance. We’ve got some little things to work on, obviously, with this only being our second day on an actual field, but we have to be happy with it,” Erholtz said. “Our pitching came through once again. Jack threw well. We had a few walks, but overall it was pretty good.”
Drumright finished with four innings pitched, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out five.
“I think my fastball was working really well. I was able to locate it,” Drumright said. “I didn’t have much off-speed until the third inning. I just kind of put it in there, and they couldn’t really touch the inside fastball and couldn’t pull it or anything.”
It didn’t hurt that Evergreen (2-0) pushed across at least one run in each of the first four innings, including a three-run second inning and three more in the fourth. Junior left fielder Ryan Hays led the charge with a two-run double in the second inning — his second double of the game. He also scored two runs.
“As a leadoff batter it’s important to get on base, and when you have runners on to be able to put the ball in play and give your team the opportunity to score. That’s the most important thing,” said Hays, who finished with four of the Cougars’ 10 hits.
Sean Imes added two hits, including a fourth-inning double that chased Kennedy starter Jordan Castro. Castro allowed seven runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He walked five and struck out three. JFK (0-2) didn’t get a hit until Colton Tennyson’s one-out bloop single in the fourth off Drumright. It didn’t score until its first two batters — Castro and D.J. Medina — reached base and eventually came around in the bottom of the seventh.
Evergreen relievers Lute Moss and Imes pitched three innings of no-hit ball. They combined to allow two unearned runs on two walks before Imes fanned Delfino Romero to finish off the Commanders.
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