Vikings rally in seventh inning

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Gazette staff
Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Janesville Parker baseball team didn’t let one rough inning get them down on Thursday night.

Madison Memorial scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie their Big Eight Conference game, but the Vikings answered with one in the top of the seventh to notch a 4-3 road victory.

Will Theisen plated Cullen Osmond with the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly to get starter Collin Powers the win. Parker improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference.

“We were pretty much cruising along until the sixth inning,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “Fortunately we were able to overcome that and then hold them.”

Parker took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Catcher Will Theisen belted a two-run double and Powers executed a suicide squeeze.

That advantage held up until the Vikings threw the ball around a bit in the sixth. They committed a pair of errors and suffered from two wild pitches, and Memorial needed just two hits to plate three runs and tie the game.

“Our defense wasn’t very good, but our pitching was great and we got some clutch hits,” Martin said. “We could’ve scored a few more runs, but we’ll take it.”

Osmond led off with a single and the Vikings got consecutive walks to load the bases with two outs, setting up Theisen’s sac fly.

Parker hosts Middleton in a battle of Big Eight unbeatens on Tuesday at Riverside Park.

Last updated: 11:17 pm Thursday, April 10, 2014

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