Van Zandt delivers one last win to cap memorable season
GRAND CHUTE--The Cardiac Kids were at it again .
Down to its last six outs and playing with a bit of stage fright, Janesville Parker's baseball team somehow found a way.
Hunter Van Zandt kept his team in the game, while Collin Powers and Brock Welch came through in the clutch to lift the Vikings into a WIAA Division 1 semifinal game.
No one had a bigger hand in the Vikings' victory than Van Zandt. The sophomore left-hander went the distance for the win.
Despite not having his best stuff, the Big Eight's player of the year had enough when it counted. Parker committed a season-high four errors and had two baserunning blunders.
"We always keep fighting no matter what the score is, and today was no different," Van Zandt said.
"My fastball was good today, but my curveball wasn't there. And that's not the first time this season that has happened. When it does happen, I just try to locate my fastball."
In improving to 11-1 on the season, Van Zandt overcame a season-high four walks and nine hits.
Parker coach Brian Martin had Darin Brewster ready in the bullpen, but let his ace stay in the game to work out of trouble in six of seven innings. Bay Port had the bases loaded with no outs in the third but scored only one run.
"I left it up to Hunter on whether he wanted to come out or not," Martin said. "He said he felt good, and that's all I needed to hear. He proved what kind of a pitcher he is by gutting this one out and giving us a chance to play another game."