Hall clears the way for Beloit Turner
On Thursday at Purdy Park, he helped make sure Aaron Jones didn’t suffer the same fate as the Trojans scored a 9-5 victory over the Vikings in a battle of state-rated teams.
Turner (14-2, 10-2), No. 5 in Division 2, held onto first place in the Rock Valley South. Parkview (9-4, 17-4), No. 2 in Division 3, slid to third place in the South, a half-game behind Clinton (9-3).
“Bobby threw a heck of a game the last time out, and we just couldn’t score for him,” said Jones. “So tonight, we made sure we got some runs in.”
Hall, the sixth-hitting first baseman, went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs that capped a four-run third that gave Turner a 5-0 lead.
“At that point, all I had to do was throw strikes and get the defense involved,” Jones said.
The Trojans’ senior ace yielded just one hit in 6 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a base-runner until Parkview second baseman Andrew Roth got a walk with one out in the fifth.
Mike Lewis broke up the no-hitter with a come-backer that Jones slowed with his glove, negating a potential double play. But the Turner pitcher escaped harm and allowed only an unearned run in the sixth.
He struck out five and walked two to get the win.
Turner manufactured its first run in the second. Center fielder A.J. Bernstein, who reached in all four of his plate appearances and scored all four times, drew a leadoff walk off Parkview’s left-handed starter Kyle Woodworth. Hall bunted Bernstein to second, and Tyler Reece’s ground out moved him to third.
After Anthoni Jacobs drew a walk, Turner coach Ryan Bertelsen dialed up a double steal. Catcher Ethan Andre’s throw to second pulled shortstop Darryl Dykstra to the right of second. Jacobs deftly maneuvered around a lunging tag attempt while staying within the baseline. Bernstein, meanwhile, scampered home to make it 1-0.
“The big thing for us was getting that first run early because Parkview has held us down run-wise” Bertelsen said. “Once we got the first run in, it was a relief, and we could attack them.”
And did Turner attack.
The Trojans batted around in the third. After Jake Jensen fisted a single down the right-field line to drive in Sam Burns, Bernstein crushed a double just short of the 365-foot sign in center field that drove in Jones. Hall then stroked a two-run single to right field with the count full to make it 5-0.
Jordan Conway’s aggressive base-running gave Turner an insurance run in the fourth. With the senior catcher at second, Jones punched a grounder to the right side. Roth made a diving stop and threw out Jones from a knee, but Conway tore around third and scored from second on the fielder’s choice.
“Zero hesitation,” Bertelsen said. “He’s quick, especially for a catcher.”
“That was a tremendous hustle play,” Jones said. “The second baseman made a great play with the diving stop, but Jordan was just heads up coming around to score.”
With Jones’ pitch count at 98 through six innings, Hall relieved. The Vikings promptly loaded the bases with a walk and two infield singles before Garrett Koch’s fielder’s-choice ground out made it 9-2 and Matt Woodstock socked a bases-clearing double to right.
Jones then returned to the mound and popped up Dykstra to end the game and give Turner some revenge.
Parkview swept last year’s season series after the teams split in 2008.
“This was a huge,” Jones said, “because this is only the second time us seniors have beaten them.”
TURNER 9, PARKVIEW 5
Turner (ab-r-h-rbi)—Conway, c, 3-1-2-0; Burns, dh, 3-1-0-0; Jones, p, 4-1-2-1; Jensen, rf, 4-1-1-1; Bernstein, 1-4-1-1; Hall, 1b/p, 2-1-2-2; Reece, lf, 4-0-1-0; Jacobs, 3b, 2-0-0-2; Hollibush, 2b, 4-0-0-0. Totals: 27-9-8-7.
Parkview (ab-r-h-rbi)—Andre, c, 2-1-0-0; Woodstock, 1b, 4-0-1-3; Dykstra, ss, 4-0-0-1; Woodworth, p/1b, 3-0-0-0; Isenberger, rf, 3-0-0-0; Roth, 2b, 1-1-0-0; Lewis, cf, 3-1-2-0; Bartelt, 3b, 3-1-1-0; Koch, lf, 2-1-0-1. Totals: 25-5-4-5.
Turner 014 110 2—9
Parkview 000 001 4—5
E—Turner 1, Parkview 1. LOB—Turner 4, Parkview 6. 2B—Bernstein, Woodstock. SB—Bernstein, Jacobs.
Turner IP H R ER BB SO
Jones (W) 6 1-3 1 1 0 2 5
Hall 2-3 3 4 4 2 0
Woodworth (L) 4 6 7 7 4 3
Bartelt 3 2 2 1 1 0