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Visiting Chargers steal doubleheader from Evergreen

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By Chelsy Woods Klein

The Evergreen Cougars dropped a home doubleheader to the the Chatfield Chargers on July 22, losing 7-4 and 11-10.
In Game 1, Evergreen got off to an early lead, scoring all of its runs in the first inning. But fortune smiled on Chatfield in the fourth inning when it scored three runs — one of which on a balk by Evergreen sophomore pitcher Jackson Grise.
After a brief rain delay in the second inning of Game 2, Chatfield was up to bat with the Cougars leading 6-4.
The Chargers allowed five runs off of nine pitches right away in the first inning of Game 2, giving the Cougars an early lead which they maintained throughout six innings until Chatfield tied the game on a wild pitch by Evergreen junior reliever Brian Hays. Then on the very next pitch Hays threw another wild ball bringing in Chatfield junior Nick Chamberlain for the eventual game-winning run.
The late-game rally left many Cougars wondering what happened to their lead, especially after a third inning in which Evergreen scored four runs. That included a two-run home run by Cougars junior Joe Danni to push EHS’ lead to 10-8.
Evergreen junior Brock Burke hit a sacrifice fly to right field that Chatfield scrambled to grab. But a throw to the cutoff man was misjudged, allowing Evergreen to score another run before Chatfield sophomore catcher Jake Carstensen could regain control of the ball.
Chatfield head coach Mike Yansak said he was pleased that his guys were able to overcome the clutch situation in Game 2 for the win, saying that he was especially proud of Connor Grey. The Chargers senior had broken his arm a few weeks earlier in Omaha, Neb., and had not pitched since then. But he stepped up to close out Game 2 for the Chargers.