Janesville Parker baseball gets past Beloit
Parker High’s starting pitcher and leadoff man doubled on a third inside fastball in the top of the sixth inning to drive in pinch-runner Vernon Franklin and give the Vikings a 2-1 lead over the Purple Knights in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal baseball game Tuesday at Pohlman Field.
“I was just looking for an inside fastball again, because he’d come inside on me twice, and I whiffed on the first two,” Teubert said.
Ninth-seeded Parker tacked on two more runs in the sixth and held on to win 4-2 and earn a meeting with top-seeded Oregon
(17-7), the Badger South champion, in a regional final at 5 p.m. Friday at Oregon.
Franklin ran for catcher Aaron Polzin, who reached on an error. Grove’s first offering to Teubert was in the dirt, and Franklin read it quickly to take second with a head-first slide.
“That was really heads-up,” Teubert said, “and he’s a sophomore who’s been playing junior varsity most of the season. Big play.”
“Yesterday at practice, we talked about being aggressive—we’re never going to get on you for being aggressive,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “How about that? It’s his third game with us. He saw the ball in the dirt, took off, and that ended up being huge.”
With Franklin in scoring position, Teubert hit the 2-2 fastball, short-hopping the fence in dead left. Second baseman Tanner Moe sacrificed him to third for the first out. Third baseman Jake Welch then traded places with Teubert by crushing a pitch into the left-center alley for a triple.
While Welch’s hit was a work of art, steadily climbing like a golf shot, his base-running wasn’t so pretty.
“I think he stumbled twice—once before he got to second and once after,” Martin said, laughing
But he got the job done in a big way.
After the Vikings’ left-handed first baseman, Kyle Johnson, fouled away a Grove fastball, Martin dialed up the suicide squeeze. His cleanup man delivered, placing a bunt perfectly between the pitcher and catcher as Welch scooted home.
“The squeeze was a no-brainer, with Kyle facing the left-hander,” Martin said. “He’s a good bunter, and he told me later he knew it was coming. He just didn’t know when.”
Teubert put himself on the hook for the win with the RBI double and knew he’d be lifted after throwing 108 pitches in the first five innings.
Andy Kersten worked a two-inning save. He allowed a run on a wild pitch in the sixth that cut the Vikes’ lead to 4-2. But after hitting left fielder Andrew Hammes with a pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh and moving him to second with another wild pitch, he retired the next two batters, who each represented the tying run.
The Vikings went 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position, while Beloit went 0-for-6 with runners in such situations, scoring only when Teubert issued a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Diderich in the third that tied the game at 1-1.
Teubert struck out six and walked five.
“Tyler didn’t have his best stuff, but maybe we don’t get into trouble if we get a call here or there,” Martin said. “He’s a competitor and just the sort of kid you want out there; he keeps his composure.”
Parker got on the board when Matt Fiedler scored on a wild pitch in the second after pounding a standup triple into the right-center alley.
The Knights ended their season on an eight-game losing streak, finishing
8-16. The Vikings improved to 12-14, snapped a three-game skid and more than made up for losing both their Big Eight matchups with the Knights.
“Better to get this one than the other two,” Teubert said.
PARKER 4, BELOIT 2
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Teubert, p/ss, 3-1-2-1; Moe, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Welch, 3b, 3-1-1-1; Johnson, 1b, 3-0-0-1; Fiedler, rf, 3-1-1-0; Garcia, dh, 2-0-0-0; Ta. Kobs, lf, 3-0-0-0; Tr. Kobs, cf, 3-0-0-0; Polzin, c, 2-1-0-0. Totals: 25-4-4-3.
Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Brunton, rf, 3-0-1-0; Edwards, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Woodman, ss, 2-0-0-0; Roegner, 1b, 2-0-0-1; Diderich, c, 3-1-1-0; Denson, dh, 3-0-0-0; Mueller, c, 2-0-0-0; Stuedemann, ph, 1-0-0-0; Hamilton, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Hammes, rf, 1-1-0-0. Totals: 23-2-2-1.
Janesville Parker 010 003 0—4
Beloit Memorial 001 001 0—2
E—Parker 2, Memorial 2. LOB—Parker 1, Memorial 7. 2B—Teubert. 3B—Welch, Fiedler.
IP H R ER BB SO
Teubert (W) 5 1 1 1 5 6
Kersten (S) 2 1 1 1 0 1
Grove (L) 7 4 4 3 0 8
Aaron Polzin, the son of Mark and Julie Polzin, received a Janesville Parker Booster Club scholarship and a Janesville Youth Wrestling Club scholarship during the school’s senior awards ceremony. His parents were listed incorrectly in the Thursday, May 27, story on Page 4B.