Oregon's grand slam ends Parker's baseball season
Brooks McMahon hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Oregon to a dramatic 8-4 win over the Vikings in a WIAA Division 1 regional final.
Badger South champion Oregon (18-7) plays Fort Atkinson at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the first game of Janesville Craig Sectional at Riverside Park.
Parker (12-15) trailed 4-0 in the sixth but rallied to tie with a run in the sixth and three in the seventh. Tanner Moe’s two- run double brought the Vikings within one in the seventh, and Kyle Johnson drove in Moe with a RBI double to force a
The Panthers loaded the bases in the seventh, including a controversial hit batsman, and McMahon delivered the game-winner with two outs.
“This was a tough one,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “We battled back and had a chance to get out of the seventh, but the questionable call where the umpire said the ball hit (Joe) Stetzer in the arm really hurt. It’s a lot different pitching with runners on first and second than it is with the bases loaded.”
Martin thought Josh Garcia’s pitch hit the knob of Stetzer’s bat, which would’ve been strike two. Instead, the umpire ruled it hit Stetzer’s arm and awarded him first base.
“The batter (Stetzer) never moved or acted like it hit his arm,” Martin said. “He got back in the box like he was ready to bat.
“But after the home plate umpire and first base umpire got together, they said it him and awarded him first base. It clearly hit his bat. You could hear it.”
Parker’s bats were silent the first five innings before pushing across a run in the sixth. The Vikings tagged reliever Carl Vanko, who picked up the win, with three hits and two runs in 2/3 of an inning.
“It’s disappointing because I said all along that our sectional was wide open,” Martin said. “With (Tyler) Teubert and (Andy) Kersten ready to pitch on Tuesday, I would’ve liked our chances.
“But the bottom line is that we got five more wins than we did last year. It’s always good to see improvement, and hopefully our juniors and sophomores can build off of it.”
OREGON 8, PARKER 4
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Teubert, ss, 4-1-2-0; Moe, 2b, 4-1-1-2; Welch, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Johnson, 1b, 4-0-1-1; Fiedler, rf, 4-1-1-0; Garcia, dh-p, 4-0-1-1; Kersten, p, 0-0-0-0; Ta. Kobs, lf, 2-0-0-0; Tr. Kobs, cf, 2-0-0-0; Polzin, c, 2-0-1-0; Marshall, cr, 0-1-0-0. Totals: 29-4-7-4.
Oregon (ab-r-h-rbi)—Nagel, lf, 3-1-1-0; Marszalek, p-2b, 4-1-1-1; Schmitz, 3b, 3-2-3-0; Stetzer, c, 3-2-2-0; McMahon, ss, 3-1-1-4; Matthews, 1b, 3-0-2-2; Urben, rf, 2-0-0-0; Behrend, dh, 3-1-1-0; Hinz, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Vanko, p, 0-0-0-0; Graber, cf, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 26-8-11-7.
Janesville Parker 000 001 3—4
Oregon 001 210 4—8
E—Oregon 2. LOB—Parker 6, Oregon 5. DP—Parker 1, Oregon 1. SAC—McMahon. 2B—Schmitz, Matthews, Behrend, Teubert, Moe, Johnson, Fiedler, Garcia. HR—McMahon, Marszalek.
IP H R ER BB SO
Kersten 4 2/3 8 4 4 3 3
Garcia (L) 2 3 4 4 0 1
Marszalek 6 1/3 4 2 2 4 2
Vanko (W) 2/3 3 2 2 0 1