Beloit homers leave behind Parker behind
The visiting Purple Knights blasted three home runs, including a grand slam and a solo shot from Tom Northrup, in winning a 14-11 Big Eight Conference slugfest at Riverside Park.
Parker High (4-7, 4-6) fought back from an early 8-0 deficit to get within two runs in the fourth, but could not overcome Beloit’s power surge.
“Both teams swung the bats pretty well, but we’ve got to pitch better than we have the last three games,” Parker coach Brian Martin said.
“A lot of it comes down to making better pitches in certain situations. You can’t leave the ball up, especially with two strikes on a hitter, and expect to get away with it.
“I thought our hitting would come around, and it has, and we really ran the bases well today. Now, we’ve got to get our pitching back to where it was at the start of the year.”
The Purple Knights chased Parker starter Alex Koel with seven runs in the top of the second. Koel hurt his cause by hitting two batters and walking two more. Northrup’s grand slam to left capped the outburst and gave Beloit its 8-0 lead.
Parker responded with four runs in the third to cut the lead in half. B.J. Scharenbroch singled to drive in the first run, stole second and raced home on a fielder’s choice grounder. David Jacobson made it 8-3 with an RBI single, and Ross Mauermann’s RBI double scored Jacobson with the fourth run.
“I like the way we battled back, but that’s an awfully big hole to climb out of,” Martin said of the eight-run deficit. “It still comes down to pitching, and we’ve given up an awful lot of runs the last three games.”
Beloit struck with the long ball again in the fourth. With one out, Corbin Lawver homered to left to push the lead to 9-4. Northrup then followed with his second long blast of the game to make it 10-4.
Parker got four back in its half of the fourth, thanks to Brodie Meehan’s controversial three-run homer to left. Meehan’s ball appeared to hit the top of the fence and fall back onto the playing field, but the base umpire ruled that the ball hit the vines that were extending over the top of the fence and then came back into play.
Beloit coach Chuck Seils argued that the play should’ve resulted in a ground-rule double, but the call stood, and Meehan was credited with a home run.
Winning pitcher Max Mauel, despite giving up all 11 runs, went the distance. The right-hander threw 109 pitches, but was able to wiggle out of trouble on numerous occasions. Mauel struck out seven and walked four.
Parker plays Madison Memorial in a doubleheader at Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday. Martin knows the Vikings need to shore up their pitching woes.
“I’ve got confidence in my pitching staff, but we have to start by making better pitches,” Martin said. “We’ve got our running game going and our bats have come alive. Now, we have to find a way to put all three components together, and hopefully, that starts Saturday.”
BELOIT 14, PARKER 11
Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Harris, 3b, 4-1-1-1; Adkinson, ss, 4-2-1-1; Lawver, c, 3-1-2-1; Harris, cr, 0-2-0-0; Mauel, p, 2-0-1-1; Moore, cr, 0-2-0-0; Northrop, cf, 4-2-3-5; Marshall, lf, 5-1-2-3; Collins, 2b, 4-2-2-0; Wolfe, 1b, 2-1-1-0; Thomas, ph, 1-0-0-0; Grove, dh, 3-0-0-1; Carson, rf, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 32-14-13-13.
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Beyer, cf-p-cf, 4-3-1-1; Scharenbroch, 2b-p-lf, 5-1-3-3; Morris, 3b, 5-2-2-1; Meehan, 1b, 4-1-1-3; Jacobson, ss, 4-1-1-1; Koel, p-cf-rf, 4-1-2-0; Mauermann, rf, 3-0-1-1; Teubert, p-2b, 0-1-0-0; Hesser, c, 2-0-0-0; McCann, cr-ph, 1-0-0-0; Larson, lf-p, 1-1-0-0. Totals: 33-11-11-9.
Beloit Memorial 170 212 1—14
Janesville Parker 004 400 3—11
E—Beloit 3, Parker 1. LOB—Beloit 8, Parker 6. SAC—Wolfe. SF—Lawver. SB—Beyer 2, Scharenbroch 2, Morris, Jacobson, Larson. 2B—Adkinson, Mauermann, Morris 2. HR—Northrup 2, Lawver, Meehan.
IP H R ER BB SO
Mauel (W) 7 11 11 10 4 7
Koel (L) 1 2/3 5 8 8 2 0
Beyer 3 1/3 5 3 3 0 2
Teubert 0 0 2 2 2 0
Scharenbroch 1 2 0 0 1 1
Larson 1 1 1 1 2 1