The Vikings left the bases loaded twice and squandered a 3-1 sixth-inning lead as Prescott took advantage of its opportunities to win the WIAA Division 3 championship 4-3 in eight innings Thursday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium.
“We left a lot of chances out there,” Parkview pitcher Trevor Aasen said.
Parkview (22-8) collected 12 hits in the state title game, but had a tough time getting a clutch hit to knock in baserunners.
“All the way through the playoffs we’ve been having six hits, eight hits and scratching four runs over,” Parkview coach Troy Aasen said. “In the sectional final, we scratched four over but other than that, we weren’t scoring a lot of runs, weren’t getting a lot of hits. … Today we were doing all the little things right, but we just couldn’t get the big hit to get the guys across home plate. That’s the way it happens sometimes in baseball.”
Prescott—the top-ranked team in Division 3—takes home its second state title, and first since 1999.
Prescott (26-2) had its backs against the wall, trailing 3-1, and was down to its final five outs. However, the Cardinals were finally able to get to Aasen in the late innings.
“We kind of bank on that experience, saying, OK, we’ve been down before, we can come back and find a way to get some runs on the board,” Prescott coach Jeff Ryan said. “The guys are so business-like and understand that high school athletics are such a roller-coaster of emotion and you’ve just got to try to maintain an even keel as long as you possibly can and they did. They didn’t panic.”
Prescott got on the scoreboard first in the first inning. Derrick Munsen laced a one-out double and came around to score on a two-out single by Jake Hintz.
Cardinals pitcher Mike Lytle held the Vikings pretty well in check—stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning—before Parkview finally broke through in the sixth.
Jarrett Warden led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. With the Prescott infield in, Elliot Olsen chopped a single over the shortstop’s head to tie the score. Nick Henning followed with a single, and both Olsen and Henning moved to second and third, respectively, on a delayed steal.
With the infield in again, Alex Hauri hit a bouncer to shortstop and Olsen leapt over the catcher’s attempted tag to score the go-ahead run. Brendan Neal then ripped an RBI single to make it 3-1. A couple hitters later and with new pitcher Billy Brookshaw in, Lavery popped out with the bases loaded.
Prescott quickly answered in the bottom of the sixth. Lytle stroked a one-out single and Brandon Keiper drove him home with a double. Keiper advanced to third after a strikeout and scored on a balk by Aasen to tie the game.
Parkview went down in order in the seventh and also in extra innings in the eighth.
Prescott had its shot in the bottom of the eighth as Lytle singled, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Clay Seifert, who didn’t enter the game until the sixth inning, stepped to the plate with a chance to win the state title. He had a lot running through his mind in the biggest at-bat of his life.
“ ‘I’ve got to do this; I’ve got to make this play. If I don’t, I’m letting the team down,’” Seifert said.
Seifert didn’t let his teammates down. He hit a rope to the left-centerfield gap to score Lytle.
Aasen, who was 4-for-4 at the plate, went the entire 7 1/3 innings for Parkview and took the loss. He gave up four earned runs on 10 hits and struck out five. Brookshaw earned the win for Prescott, allowing just one hit in 2 2/3 innings in relief.
Parkview came up just short of its ultimate goal, but with every starter returning next season, there could be a return trip to state in store.
“The kids are disappointed, but like I said, there’s no shame in what we did,” coach Aasen said. “We showed up today, played a baseball game, had some fun and the kids battled. … Second place (isn’t) too bad. I’m proud of my kids.”
Parkview (ab-r-h-rbi)—Hauri, ss, 5-0-1-1; Neal, cf, 5-0-2-1; Aasen, p, 4-0-4-0; LaDue, pr, 0-0-0-0; Pearson, dh, 2-0-0-0; Lavery, c, 4-0-1-0; Warden, 2b, 3-1-1-0; Thole, 3b, 4-0-1-0; Olsen, lf, 3-1-1-1; Henning, 1b, 4-1-1-0; Kyser, rf, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 34-3-12-3.
Prescott (ab-r-h-rbi)—Johnson, cf-rf, 3-0-1-0; Munsen, 2b-ss, 3-1-1-0; B. Brookshaw, ss-p, 3-0-1-0; Early, c, 4-0-1-0; Helmer, pr, 0-0-0-0; Hintz, 3b, 4-0-1-1; Lytle, p-cf, 4-2-2-0; Keiper, 1b, 3-1-1-1; Loutsch, rf, 2-0-0-0; Seifert, 2b, 2-0-1-1; M. Brookshaw, 2-0-1-0Sandvig, lf, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 30-4-10-3.
Orfordville Parkview 000 003 00—3
Prescott 100 002 01—4
E—Prescott 1. LOB—Parkview 11, Prescott 9. SAC—Olsen, Munsen, Keiper. SB—Olsen, Henning, Lytle. 2B—Warden, Munsen, B. Brookshaw, Keiper.
IP H R ER BB SO
Aasen (L) 7 1/3 10 4 4 3 5
Lytle 5 1/3 11 3 3 1 2
B.Brookshaw (W)2 2/3 1 0 0 1 0