Big Eight baseball: Parker alone in first after Saturday win
MADISON—Janesville Parker is sitting on top of the Big Eight Conference baseball standings by itself.
The Vikings continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 victory at Madison East on Saturday.
The victory, combined with Sun Prairie's 3-2 loss at home to La Follette, sent the Vikings to the top of the standings with the lone undefeated record at 4-0.
Parker scored all of its runs in the fifth inning and rode the complete-game pitching of Darin Brewster in going 5-1 on the season.
The four-run fifth broke up a scoreless tie. Cullen Osmond got the inning going with a one-out double. Zach Bailey got Osmond home with another double. Logan Coulter kept the extra-base parade going with an RBI triple.
Will Theisen delivered an RBI single to score Coulter. Theisen stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Brennan Olin completed the inning with a sacrifice fly to score Theisen.
That was all Brewster needed. The senior right-hander allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out seven.
“That was very nice to see,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “He struggled a bit in his first couple of times out, so it was big for him.”
The Vikings are playing well in all parts of the game, as their first-place status shows.
“Even though we had three errors, defensively we've been playing pretty good,” Martin said. “We had a double play that bailed us out of one of our errors. Our pitching as been great.”
The Vikings play at Beloit Memorial on Monday starting at 5 p.m.
PARKER 4, EAST 1
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cu. Osmond, cf, 4-1-1-0; Bailey, ss, 4-1-1-1; Coulter, lf, 2-1-1-1; Theisen, c, 3-1-2-1; Olin, 3b, 2-0-0-1; Brewster, p, 3-0-1-0; Welch, cr, 0-0-0-0; Powers, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Benway, dh, 1-0-0-0; Gruenwald, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Con. Osmond, rf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 25-4-6-4.
East (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cratic, cf-p, 3-0-1-0; Schwendemon, ss,-p, 2-0-0-0; Tomony, dh, 3-0-0-0; Scfarbi, 2b, 0-0-0-0; D. Baggot, 1b, 3-1-1-0; Zilm, p-c, 2-0-1-0; Schlichting, lf, 3-0-1-1; Graham, c, 2-0-0-0; Harnack, ph, 1-0-0-0; Thompson, rf, 3-0-0-0; S. Baggot, 3b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 24-1-4-1.
Parker 000 040 0—4
Madison East 000 000 1—1
E—Parker 3, East 0. LOB—Parker 8, East 4. DP—Parker 1. 2B—Cu. Osmond, Bailey. 3B—Coulter. SF—Olin. Sac—Schwendemon. SB—Theisen 2, Schwendemon.
Parker IP H R ER BB SO
Brewster (W) 7 4 1 0 1 7
Zilm 3 1 0 0 3 4
Cratic (L) 2 5 4 4 0 0
Schwendemon 2 0 0 0 3 1