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Baseball: Evergreen Park ousted by Warren Park in Little League Intermediate Division State Tournament

Updated: July 16, 2014 10:10PM



Taking the field Wednesday night already down 12-4 was a tough situation for Evergreen Park Little League to be in, and things got worse when Warren Park Little League picked up where it left off Tuesday and continued to pile on runs.

“It was tough to come out here down eight runs and try to come back,” Evergreen Park manager Jerry Hayes said. “Things went bad (Tuesday) and we just couldn’t turn it around.”

As a result, Evergreen bowed out of the Little League Intermediate Division State Tournament, falling 16-4 in six innings at Alsip Little League’s Garetto Field.

Warren Park, which advanced to take on Naperville National for the state championship, scored in every inning of the game, going to back Tuesday when it was suspended because of rain after four innings with Warren Park up 12-4.

Warren Park scored a run if the fifth and three in the sixth, and when Evergreen Park couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth, the run-rule was in effect.

“We just didn’t hit it well,” Hayes said. “Then we made some errors and made it worse on ourselves.”

Evergreen Park did not have a hit in Wednesday’s two innings and finished with five. All of its scoring came in a four-run third Tuesday when 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.

That made it a 6-4 game, but Warren Park, which got three RBI each from Jojo Mack and Zane Zielinski, scored six times in the fourth to put Evergreen Park in a big hole by the time the game was suspended.

Despite the loss, it was quite a postseason run for Evergreen Park, which won a district tournament and a sectional tournament to advance to state.

“They definitely have a lot to be proud of,” Hayes said.



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