Vikings strand Purple Knights on base paths

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Gazette staff
Friday, May 19, 2017

BELOIT--Janesville Parker got out of several jams and used timely hitting to get past host Beloit Memorial, 3-2, in a Big Eight Conference baseball game Thursday afternoon.

Beloit outhit the Vikings 13-6 and coaxed four walks, but the Purple Knights left 13 runners on base.

“We gave up a lot of hits and baserunners, so to only allow two runs is pretty good,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “The key was we played good defense.”

The Vikings got out of both the second and third innings with double plays.

“You look at the numbers and we had no business winning that game,” Martin said. “You have to give our kids credit.”

Brandon Schaitel got the win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of starter Kyle Birkett.

Both Birkett and Schaitel had to get familiar with the mound.

“It was Brandon’s first time out there all year,” Martin said. “He really did a good job. We haven’t asked either of them for too much as far as pitching.

“But we had a game earlier in the week, and we were a little short on arms.”

Parker took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Sam Nemetz singled in Sam Garvoille, who led off the game with a single and stole second. Birkett then doubled home Nemetz.

Beloit tied the game in the third, but that was all the Purple Knights could muster despite having threats in almost every inning.

Parker scored the winning run in the sixth when Dalton Madsen drove in Birkett.

The Vikings have games Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to conclude the season.


Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Garvoille, rf, 4-1-2-0; Nemetz, 1b, 4-1-1-1; Bailey, cf, 3-0-0-0; Birkett, p-ss, 2-1-1-1; Bohlman, c, 3-0-1-0; Hamilton, cr, 0-0-0-0; Madsen, 3b, 2-0-0-1; Ellis, lf, 3-0-0-0; Stone, dh, 3-0-0-0; Aegerter, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Schaitel, ss-p, 3-0-1-0. Totals: 27-3-6-3.

Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Elliott, lf, 4-1-2-0; Betancourt, p-ss, 3-1-2-0; Freitag, 1b, 4-0-2-0; Makinen, c, 4-0-2-2; Porter, rf, 3-0-0-0; Lewis, dh, 3-0-1-0; Ovist, ss-p, 3-0-2-0; Dixon, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Jensen, ph, 1-0-1-0; Kiger, ph, 0-0-0-0; Crosby, 3b, 2-0-1-0. Totals: 29-2-13-2.

Parker 200 001 0—3

Beloit 002 000 0—2

E—Parker 1, Beloit 1. LOB—Parker 5, Beloit 13. 2B—Birkett, Garvoille, Bohlman. Sac—Madsen, Crosby, Ovist, Porter. SB—Bailey, Garvoille.

Parker IP H R ER BB SO

Birkett 4 10 2 2 2 0

Schaitel (W) 3 3 0 0 2 1


Betancourt 5 4 2 2 0 5

Ovist (L) 2 2 1 1 1 0


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