Defensive woes doom Parkview
But the Orfordville Parkview High School catcher also knows that the couple of defensive lapses made by his team late in Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal baseball game against Pardeeville didn’t mean a whole lot.
The Vikings’ 7-0 loss to the Bulldogs during a heat advisory at Copeland Park was much closer than it seems.
The three errors and six unearned runs that resulted from them in the last two innings are what made the Bulldogs’ victory look like a comfortable one.
“It’s a tough way to end the season because we were right there with them,” said Koch, who was 2-for-3 in the final game of coach Dick Millis’
19-year career. “Everything went downhill, and I can’t figure out why.”
But it was the Bulldogs’ day. After defeating Parkview (19-7), they gained a 6-5 win over Westby for the sectional championship and a berth in next week’s state tournament.
Westby advanced to the sectional final by beating Fennimore, 5-3.
Pardeeville (21-4) plays Grantsburg at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the semifinals at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
The Bulldogs led just 1-0 against Parkview going to the top of the sixth inning, but the Vikings had one error that led to a run in the fifth inning and two that led to five in the sixth.
Aside from that, Pardeeville managed just a solo home run by Dakotah Kirchenwitz on the first pitch of the top of the third inning against Parkview sophomore Jameson Lavery.
Lavery struck out six, walked two and gave up seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Pardeeville pulled off double plays in the second, fourth and sixth innings to deflate anything the Vikings (19-7) had going.
“They were huge,” Millis said of the double plays. “We hit the ball hard on more than one occasion, and they didn’t turn into hits.”
The sixth-inning double play probably hurt the worst.
A walk, single and fielder’s choice left Trevor Aasen at second and Matt Woodstock at first with one out in a 2-0 game.
Woodworth hit the first pitch toward third, but it was fielded cleanly by Dakota Cutsforth for a 5-4-3 double play.
The Vikings had five hits against Nate Schmidt, who struck out seven.
PARDEEVILLE 7, PARKVIEW 0
Orfordville Parkview 000 000 0—0 5 3
Pardeeville 001 015 x—7 8 0
Lavery, Aasen (6) and Koch; N. Schmidt. and Stewart.
Leading hitters—Koch (OP) 2-3, Kirchenwitz (Pd) 2-4, Weihert (Pd) 2-3, N. Schmidt (Pd) 2-4. 2B—Schmidt (Pd). HR—D. Kirchenwitz (Pd).
SO—Lavery (OP) 7, N. Schmidt (Pd) 7. BB—Lavery 2, Schmidt 2.