Evansville's Cashore late entrance gives Blue Devils post season boost
Cashore tossed a 1-hitter through six innings Friday to lead Evansville to a 3-0 victory over visiting Brodhead/Juda in a Division 2 regional opener.
Evansville (9-14) plays Tuesday at Edgerton (19-5) in a regional semifinal. The winner plays the winner of Turner-Clinton.
Cashore missed the first six games of the season recovering from a broken ankle suffered the second-last game of the basketball season.
“He had surgery, and we didn’t get him back until late April,” said Evansville’s coach and Ryan’s father, Brian Cashore. “He is just starting get back health-wise in terms of his stamina.’’
Cashore put down Brodhead/Juda in order four of his six innings of work. His only jam came in the second inning when he plunked leadoff hitter Derrick Turner, but Turner was erased attempting to steal second.
Brodhead/Juda’s Jake Johnson followed with a double and Matt Trotter drew a walk, but Cashore struck out Hunter Colden on three straight pitches and got Tyler Davis to ground out to end the inning.
“We get that kind of pitching performances that consistently, it’s going to help us,” Brian Cashore said. “(Ryan) is a sophomore, he’s young, and he’s learned to pitch rather than throw.’’
Meanwhile, Brodhead/Juda starter Trent Gerlach turned in a performance that in most cases would have resulted in a victory.
Gerlach allowed one earned run on just two hits. The junior struck out two and walked four.
After getting Evansville leadoff batter Michael Johnson on strikes in the first, Danny Walczak tripled and scored on Gerlach’s wild pitch to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Gerlach surrendered a pair of one-out walks to Michael Johnson and Walczak. Johnson stole third and Walczak moved up to second on the play. Each runner scored on Gerlach wild pitch to give Evansville the winning margin.
“We weren’t here tonight,” Brodhead coach Brian Dahl said. “Our last couple games, we’ve actually been playing really good baseball. Tonight, we were down and we just didn’t seem to have the energy. It was a bad night that to happen to us.’’
Senior Ryan Weaver relieved Cashore in the seventh and got the Cardinals in order to notch a save and preserve the shutout.
EVANSVILLE 3, BRODHEAD/JUDA 0
Brodhead/Juda (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wescott, lf, 2-0-0-0; Malcook, ss, 3-0-0-0; Harnack, cf, 2-0-0-; Turner, 1b, 2-0-0-0; J. Johnson, 2b, 3-0-1-0; Trotter, c, 2-0-0-0; Colden, dh, 3-0-0-0; Garlach, p, 0-0-0-0; Davis, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Hatter, 2b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 21-0-1-0.
Evansville (ab-r-h-rbi)—M. Johnson, 2-1-0-0; Walczak, lf, 2-2-1-0; Weaver, 3b-p, 2-0—0—0; Cashore, p, 1-0-0-0; Pinnow, c, 2-0-0-0; Carpenter, 3b, 2-0-0-0; S. Johnson, 1b, 3-0-1-0; Rutkowski, cf, 3-0-0-0; Harper, 2b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 17-3-2-1.
Brodhead/Juda 000 000 0—0
Evansville 102 000 x—3
E—Brodhead 2. LOB—Brodhead 3, Evansville 4. 2B—J. Johnson, S. Johnson. 3B—Walczak. SB—Wescott, M. Johnson 2.
Brodhead/Juda IP H R ER BB SO
Gerlach 6 2 3 1 4 2
Cashore 6 1 0 0 3 5
Weaver 1 0 0 0 0 1