Parkview falls to Luther Prep
Trailing Watertown Luther Prep 2-0, Parkview’s first four batters reached on three errors and a hit batsman. The Vikings had one run in with the bases loaded and no outs, but the rally fizzled when Phoenix pitcher Jake Ziel got a double play and a strikeout to get out of the inning.
The Phoenix wasted little time using the momentum to put up five runs in the second inning against Parkview starter Darryl Dykstra and went on to beat the Vikings, 10-3, in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal.
La Crosse Aquinas was an 11-1 winner over Lancaster in the other sectional semifinal game, then notched a 4-1 win over Luther Prep for the title.
Luther Prep (19-6) was no stranger to poor starts during its 14-game winning streak heading into the sectional championship game, but again recovered against Parkview, thanks to the double play.
With the infield drawn in, Parkview right fielder Cole Isenberger hit a ground ball right to third baseman Karl Osterman, who threw to catcher Jason Lindemann to force out Kyle Woodworth. Lindemann then threw to first baseman Brandon Hildebrandt in time to complete the 5-2-3 double play.
Parkview second baseman Andrew Rupp drew a walk to reload the bases, but Ziel struck out Mike Lewis.
“That hurt,” Parkview coach Dick Millis said. “We needed to produce. They gave us plenty of opportunities.
“On that double play, they were playing in, we hit it right to the third baseman ... home to first. That’s exactly what they wanted us to do.”
Luther Prep, which grabbed the early lead on a Parkview error and sacrifice fly in the top of the first, sent all nine batters to the plate in the second. The Phoenix used five hits, another error and a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 7-1.
Parkview (21-7) scratched out another unearned run against Ziel in the fourth, then added earned run in the fifth when Dykstra hit a leadoff double to left and scored on Woodworth’s RBI single to center to make it 8-3.
“We had a little trouble finding the zone,” Millis said. “I didn’t think they hit the ball all that well, either. Certainly the score is indicative of how we played.”
Woodworth and leadoff hitter Robbie Dimery each had two hits for the Vikings, who wrapped up an historic season.
“We finished 21-7,” Millis said. “That’s the most wins in Parkview history. We had a good team.”
LUTHER PREP 10, PARKVIEW 3
Luther Prep 250 012 0—10 10 4
Parkview 100 110 0—3 6 4
WP: Ziel. LP: Dykstra
Leading hitters—Ziel (LP) 2x4, Osterman (LP) 2x4, Schmudlach (LP) 2x4, Woodworth (OP) 2x4, Dimery (OP) 2x4
2B—A. Roeseler (LP), Hildebrandt (LP), Woodworth (OP), Dykstra (OP).