Evergreen baseball shuts down the Rams

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By Alissa Noe

LAKEWOOD — Hitting can be contagious when it comes to high school baseball, and the Evergreen Cougars utilized that strategy to win out during their first league game at Green Mountain on April 9.

From start to finish, the Cougars put on a clinic as they defeated the Rams 16-5. The game ended after six innings after the mercy rule was implemented.

“We practiced all winter for this,” senior catcher Bryce Pearson said. “Hard work always pays off. It just goes hand in hand. We have pretty good hitters. We have a very young team. and I’m happy for them. They’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Chris Guay started off the scoring run in the first when, off of a play that got him out at first, he drove in the first run. Evergreen scored four in the next inning, and the offense exploded from there. In the second, Thomas Schreffler got the team’s first home run, and Aiden Smith complemented that with his own in the fifth.

All but two batters got a hit, and nearly everybody from there drove in at least one run.

Pearson and Smith both drove in three scores, and four more players drove in two.

Throughout the first five innings, starting pitcher Paul Schreffler only gave up five runs, two earned, before Calvin Schiff came in in the sixth inning to get the job done. He went four and out.

“It’s nice to come out and perform,” head coach John Lipka said. “They’ve worked hard all year. It’s been a rough year with the weather and the field. We haven’t had that much time out on our field. I’m very happy.”

Leading up to that game, the Cougars also scored 21 on Roaring Fork and 19 on Highlands Ranch.

Evergreen returns to action on Thursday at Golden at 4 p.m.

It seems its hitting strategy is paying off.

“We’ve worked very hard on our hitting approach,” Lipka said. “We have different hitting approaches depending on the pitcher, and the strategy works well. For us, it’s been a grind.”