Cards come back to topple Vikings

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Gazette Staff
May 18, 2011
— Things were looking good for Janesville Parker against Big Eight Conference baseball leader Sun Prairie on Tuesday afternoon.

Then the dark clouds moved in during the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Cardinals erased Parker High’s 3-1 advantage with six runs in the fifth en route to a 10-3 victory.

Jake Welch hit a two-run homer in the first to give Parker the early lead. Sun Prairie answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Parker coach Brian Martin said the momentum started to switch when the Vikings failed to score in the third after loading the bases with one out. The Vikings did increase the lead to 3-1 on Kyle Johnson’s RBI single that scored Connor Long in the fifth.

Johnson, the Viking starter, lost his command in the bottom of the inning.

“He started falling behind guys,” Martin said. “Maybe it was because he was getting tired. He had to start throwing fastballs, and they are way too good to have to do that.

“We have to pitch a little better, and we haven’t done that much lately.”

Sun Prairie finished with five doubles, two triples and a homer as the Cardinals improved to 13-2 in the Big Eight and 15-3 overall.

Parker (9-10, 7-7) plays Janesville Craig at 5 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Park.


Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Franklin, rf, 2-0-0-0; Harmel, ph, 1-0-0-0; Johnson, p-1b, 3-1-2-1; Welch, c, 4-1-2-2; Trayner, cr, 0-0-0-0; Tr. Kobs, cf-p, 2-0-0-0; Lee, ph, 1-0-0-0; Brandt, ss, 3-0-0-0; Henke, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Heyerdahl, p-cf, 0-0-0-0; Ta. Kobs, lf, 2-0-0-0; Bobzien, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Brooks, ph, 1-0-0-0; Long, 2b, 1-1-1-0. Totals: 24-3-6-3.

Sun Prairie (ab-r-h-rbi)—Harmon, cf, 3-0-2-3; Mayr, 2b, 3-1-1-0; Butler, ss, 4-3-2-1; Fairchild, c, 4-1-3-2; Abbott, 1b, 3-1-2-2; Patterson, 3b, 4-1-1-0; Hoffman, p, 3-0-1-1; Kern, cr, 0-1-0-0; Schuster, p, 0-0-0-0; Curran, rf, 3-1-0-1; Schmidt, lf, 1-1-1-0; Mailandt, ph, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 29-10-13-10.

Janesville Parker 200 010 0—3

Sun Prairie 100 063 x—10

E—Parker 1, Sun Prairie 1. LOB—Parker 8, Sun Prairie 7. 2B—Mayr, Butler, Fairchild, Abbott, Patterson. 3B—Harmon, Butler. HR—Welch, Fairchild. SF—Abbott. Sac—Franklin.


Janesville Parker

Johnson (L) 4 2/3 8 5 4 3 4

Heyerdahl 2/3 5 5 5 1 0

Tr. Kobs 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

Sun Prairie

Hoffman (W) 6 4 3 3 4 9

Schuster 1 2 0 0 0 1

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