Delta got a big go-ahead hit from Parker Phillips in the sixth, then used a myriad of Evergreen mistakes in the seventh to rebound from an opening day loss and defeat the Vikings 12-5 Tuesday night.
“It’s early in the season and people haven’t been outside,” said Panther coach Damon Mattimore. “Yesterday’s game with Genoa (a 6-1 Panther loss), we had a very rough first couple of innings. In the sixth inning tonight we scored seven runs on one hit. We’re early in the season, Coach (Brian) Nagy always put a team competition wise that’s great on the field, they were up on us early and we got a couple timely two strike hits and put the ball in play to get back in it.”
After a scoreless first two innings, the Vikings got to Delta starter Austin Mohler in the third.
Alec Ankowiak led off with a walk and after consecutive errors, Kyle Brighton and Jake Dowling had consecutive RBI singles to plate a pair of runs.
A double play grounder scored another before Ethan VanLoocke counted a fourth run with a two-out single.
However, the Panthers responded in their half of the inning on singles from Cody Matthews and Anthony Demaline. A pair of stolen bases and a wild pitch plated both runners to slice the Evergreen lead in half.
Jeffry McQuillin’s single drove home one more to make it 4-3.
The score stayed that way until the Delta fifth. Dylan Nostrant and Wyatt Bronson started the inning with doubles, then Phillips’ two-out looper into right center gave Delta a 5-4 lead.
Then came the nightmarish bottom of the sixth for the Vikings as Matthews’ lead-off single was the only hit in the frame as four errors, three wild pitches including one on a third strike and a passed ball helped the Panthers score seven times to inflate their one run lead to 12-4.
Luke Hohman doubled and scored on a ground ball for Evergreen in the seventh.
Mohler got the win going five innings, giving up four hits, walking four and striking out two.
Ethan VanLoocke was the victim of Evergreen’s lapse in the seventh and took the loss.
Landon Lumbrezer went the first four, giving up four hits, three runs, and a walk.
Delta (1-1) will next play at Otsego on Thursday and host North Central on Friday.
Evergreen (0-2) is at Whitmer on Thursday and at Edgerton on Friday.