Parker baseball gives Middleton a helping hand
Middleton scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-4 Big Eight Conference win at a soggy Riverside Park. The game was called after six innings because the pitchers’ mound was deemed unsafe.
The top-ranked Cardinals took advantage of five Parker errors and seven walks in beating a Janesville team for the second straight day. Middleton edged Janesville Craig, 3-2, on Wednesday.
Parker coach Brian Martin, who saw his team open up with a 1-0 win over Madison La Follette, was hoping to keep the momentum going. Instead, the Vikings reverted to bad habits—sloppy defense and bases on balls.
“Against La Follette, we made all the plays,” Martin said. “And we didn’t walk anybody. Today, we gave them five outs in the first inning and walked too many batters.
“What bothers me the most is that when we got down in the first inning, our attitude changed. Our heads went down, and there was no life in the dugout. And we hadn’t even batted yet.”
Sophomore Josh Garcia started for the Vikings, and despite giving up all nine runs, deserved a better fate. Parker dropped two pop-ups in the first inning that would’ve gotten Garcia out of a jam, and a throwing error allowed the fifth run to score.
“I can’t complain about the kind of effort we got from Josh,” Martin said. “It’s a much closer game if we make plays behind him.
“If Middleton gets only one run in the first, that changes the whole complexion of the game.”
The Cardinals, who improved to 2-0 in the Big Eight, added four more runs in the third to break the game wide open. Derek Layton’s two-run double was the big blow in the inning as Middleton batted around the order for the second time in three innings.
Parker finally scored in the fifth. Drew McCann walked to start the inning and moved to third on Kelly Silha’s double to left. Ross Mauermann drove in McCann with a sacrifice fly, and courtesy-runner Jacob Kobs scored on wild pitch. David Jacobson’s RBI single drove in the third run to cut the deficit to 9-3.
Ian Larson’s RBI groundout in the sixth concluded the scoring for Parker.
The Vikings travel to Minneapolis today and will play Elkhorn in a nonconference game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Martin hopes the Vikings can put the loss behind them.
“It’s a fun trip for the kids and their families, but we’re also up there to play a game,” Martin said.
“At least we don’t have to worry about the weather since we’re playing indoors.”
MIDDLETON 9, PARKER 4
Middleton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Lochner, rf, 2-2-1-0; Layton, cf, 3-2-2-2; Hack, ph, 1-0-0-0; Adler, p, 3-0-0-0; Ziegler, cr, 0-0-0-0; Strassman, p, 0-0-0-0; Drunasky, dh, 2-1-1-1; Kirschbaum, lf, 1-0-0-0; Braga, 3b, 3-1-0-0; Martin, ss, 4-2-2-3; Novinski, 2b, 4-0-0-0; Ripp, 1b, 2-0-0-1; Diebold, c, 2-0-0-0; Wright, cr, 0-1-0-0. Totals: 26-9-6-7.
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Larson, lf, 4-0-0-1; Scharenbroch, 2b-p, 2-0-1-0; Mauermann, rf, 1-0-1-1; Beyer, cf, 3-1-0-0; Morris, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Jacobson, ss, 3-0-2-1; Meehan, 1b, 1-0-1-0; Koning, ph-1b, 1-0-0-0; Koel, rf-p, 2-0-0-0; Kobs, cr-ph, 0-2-0-0; Teubert, dh-p, 1-0-0-0; Garcia, p, 0-0-0-0; McCann, 2b, 1-1-0-0; Hesser, c, 0-0-0-0; Silha, c, 1-0-1-0; Kilmer, cr, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 23- 4-6-3.
Middleton 504 000—9
Parker 000 031—4
E—Middleton 1, Parker 5. LOB—Middleton 8, Parker 6. SF—Mauermann. 2B—Martin, Layton, Silha.