Parker stays perfect in Big Eight baseball

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Janesville Parker keeps giving Hunter Van Zandt an early lead, and the sophomore pitcher knows what to do from there.

The Vikings scored four first-inning runs against Beloit Memorial on Monday night on their way to a 5-1 Big Eight Conference baseball victory at Telfer Park.

They continue to lead the league with a 5-0 record and improved to 6-1 overall.

“Going out and getting four runs, knowing (Van Zandt is) throwing the way he is, that makes it that much easier,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “You can relax and play the game.”

Parker wasted no time getting started. Senior center fielder Cullen Osmond led off the game with a double, and shortstop Zach Bailey drew a walk.

Left fielder Logan Coulter and catcher Will Theisen followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles. Senior Brennan Olin brought them in with a two-RBI double.

“Generally, the team that scores first in high school, especially four runs, it makes it so much easier to go out and play,” Martin said. “(Arman Cabrera) is a good pitcher, and as the game went on, it looked like we were very fortunate to get on him early.”

Parker added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Beloit didn’t cross the plate until the seventh.

That run was unearned for Van Zandt, who continued his torrid start to the season. He allowed just three hits and a walk in seven innings, and he struck out seven batters.

The Vikings will attempt to keep momentum rolling when they host Madison West at 5 p.m. at Riverside Park tonight.

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