By Will Petersen
For the Courier
LAKEWOOD — Sometimes the baseball can look like a beach ball to a hitter on fire. Sometimes the strike zone can look smaller than a golf ball to a struggling pitcher.
Evergreen’s baseball team knocked off Conifer 18-3 on April 25 at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park. The Lobos issued 14 walks among seven pitchers, including eight walks in the first inning. It was 7-0 before Conifer took its first swing.
“Against a team like Evergreen that’s as good as they are you can’t spot them that many runs and expect to come back and win the game,” Conifer head coach Brett Pulley said.
For as much as the walks helped the Cougars they brought the sticks against their rival as well. The team finished with 13 hits, including a 4-for-4 day at the plate by senior Jake Ausman. Ausman finished with five RBIs, including a two-run single to right-center field in the top of the fourth inning that extended Evergreen’s lead to 10-3 after Conifer had pulled within five runs.
“I’ve been slumping a little bit, but it was good to come out of it. I was seeing the ball really well today,” Ausman said.
The star of the game for the Cougars, though, was senior Jack Drumright, who pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and giving up only three runs. At one point, in a stretch from the second to sixth inning, he retired 11 Lobos in a row.
“I had some great plays behind me which helped. I couldn’t have done it without my defense,” a modest Drumright said.
The Cougars didn’t commit any errors, backing up Drumright’s statement, whereas the Lobos hurt themselves not only with the walks, but with five errors in the field.
Evergreen sat at 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the 4A Jeffco League by week’s end and Conifer checked in at 4-7-1 overall and 3-5 in league play. With weather wreaking havoc on both teams’ schedules lately the coming week will see each play a slew of games.
“We have nine more games in eight days. We’ve got to play one game at a time, win the first game, and then move on and figure it out the next day,” Evergreen head coach Matt Erholtz said after the game.