Baseball: Evergreen Park in deep hole in Little League Intermediate State Tournament elimination game
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media July 15, 2014 9:00PM
Updated: July 16, 2014 2:12AM
Evergreen Park Little League will have nine outs to work with in an attempt to mount a big rally to keep its state championship dreams alive.
Evergreen trailed Warren Park Little League 12-4 after four innings when Tuesday’s Little League Intermediate Division State Tournament elimination game was suspended because of rain at Alsip Little League’s Garetto Field.
The game will resume at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner to play Naperville National later in the evening. The Evergreen Park-Warren Park winner will have to beat Naperville twice to win the title.
“It didn’t go how we wanted it to (Tuesday),” Evergreen Park manager Jerry Hayes said. “We still have a chance, though.”
Warren Park scored in every inning Tuesday night.
Down 6-0, Evergreen Park mounted a rally with a four-run third. Marty Bennett reached on an error, Jessi Plunkett singled and Evan Kirts walked to load the bases. After Rashawn Marshall’s fielder’s choice grounder produced a run, Tabari Brown delivered a two-out RBI single and Eli Bartos followed with a two-run double.
Warren Park, though, responded immediately with a six-run fourth, with six consecutive hitters reaching base with two outs, to extend the lead to 12-4.
Warren Park also scored once in the first, twice in the second and three times in the third, drawing six walks and two hit by pitches to go with its nine hits over the first four frames.
Evergreen Park will have the top of the order coming to bat when the game resumes in the fifth.
“We just couldn’t get that (fourth) inning to end,” Hayes said. “We’ve shown that we can have a big inning, too, though. We just need to come out and swing the bats and see what happens.”