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Loss has Janesville Parker Vikings frustrated

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Tim Wester
May 3, 2011
— What’s the difference between first-place Sun Prairie and Janesville Parker’s baseball team?

It turned out to be two frustrating innings for Vikings.


The Cardinals scored six runs in the first two innings and held on the rest of the way to knock off Parker High, 6-3, here Monday afternoon in a battle of two of the Big Eight’s top teams.


The frustrating loss denied Parker (5-3) a chance to move within a half-game of the Cardinals (8-1), who improved to


10-2 overall by breaking a two-game losing streak.


“This is what Sun Prairie does, to where you want to play them, and you want to do your best,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “I think today proved that we belong on the same field and in the conversation with Sun Prairie, but until we knock somebody off like this, we haven’t accomplished anything.’’


Sun Prairie, which lost weekend games to Verona and Oconomowoc, certainly proved why it is the Big Eight front-runner.


The Cardinals opened the game with consecutive three-run innings against Parker pitcher Andy Kersten, setting them up for the victory.


“Andy (Kersten) was out there trying to do his best, which is not him,” said Martin, who watched Kersten rebound with five scoreless innings. “He was trying to throw the ball too hard and falling behind hitters. Once he settled down, he starting getting them out.”


But six runs proved to be too much for the Vikings to overcome.


After Trent Kobs got one run back in the bottom of the first with a solid RBI single to center. Parker cut the six-run lead in half in the third on Cardinal shortstop Tony Butler’s throwing error and Aric Bobzien’s RBI walk.


After seeing Parker post two runs and load the bases, Cardinal coach Rob Hamilton replaced starting pitcher Ryan Roscoe with Charles Schuster in the third.


Schuster quickly extinguished the Parker third-inning rally and then held the Vikings without a hit in the final four innings.


“He was pretty tough,’ Martin said. “I don’t know where he ranks in their rotation, but he was all the plate and threw strikes.”


And the need for a big rally took Parker out of its game, Martin said.


“Our team is not built to score a lot of runs,” he said. “We’ve got to nickel and dime and steal some bases, bunt guys, and steal. But when you fall behind early, it takes out of a lot of things that make us successful.”


SUN PRAIRIE 6, PARKER 3

Sun Prairie ( ab-r-h-rbi)—Harmon, cf, 3-2-2-1; Butler, ss, 4-0-2-2; Fairchild, c, 4-1-0-0; Abbott, 1b, 4-0-1-1; Patterson, 3b, 3-1-2-2; Curran, rf, 4-0-0-0; Lund, 2b, 4-0-0-0; Schuster, lf, 2-1-1-0; Mayr, dh, 2-1-0-0. Totals: 30-6-8-6.


Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Ta. Kobs, c, 3-1-0-0; Franklin, rf, 0-1-0-0; Johnson, 1b, 4-1-0-0; Tr. Kobs, cf, 4-0-2-1; Brandt, ss, 3-0-0-0; Henke, dh, 2-0-0-0; Bobzien, 3b, 2-0-1-0; Thompson, lf, 2-0-0-0; Long, 2b, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 23-3-3-1.


Sun Prairie 300 000 0—6


Janesville Parker 102 000 0—3


E—Sun Prairie 1, Parker 2. LOB—Sun Prairie 6, Parker 5. DP—Parker 1. 2B—Harmon, Butler. SB—Harmon, Patterson 2, Tr. Kobs, Franklin.


IP H R ER BB SO


Sun Prairie


Roscoe 2 2/3 3 3 2 6 1


Schuster 3 1/3 0 0 0 2 1


Janesville Parker


Kersten 7 8 6 5 5 3



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