Big-game hunter: Lavery pitches Parkview to win
Lavery certainly lived up to his title here Thursday.
Lavery fired seven strong innings to lead Parkview High (14-4, 10-4) to an impressive 4-2 victory over Clinton and propel the Vikings into a half-game lead over the defending champion Cougars (13-5, 9-4) in the Rock Valley South.
Parkview first baseman Kyle Woodworth backed up Lavery with a two-run double to help seal the victory and late-season momentum.
“We knew all along this week that we had to win out to win the conference,” Millis said. “Then we laid an egg on Tuesday (in an 11-1 loss to Big Foot), but we noticed in the papers the next day that Clinton lost. So we still had to beat Clinton today to have a shot at the conference title.”
Lavery made sure the Vikings didn’t lay another “egg” against Clinton.
The sophomore righthan-der allowed one earned run on four hits, while striking out eight.
“He likes the spotlight,” Millis said of Lavery. “He likes to pitch, and he likes the big games. This is the guy I wanted on the mound.”
Lavery agreed with his coach’s assessment.
“I think coming into this game I was 5-0, and my coaches had confidence in me,” Lavery said. “I was very excited to take the ball.”
Clinton challenged Lavery’s exuberance early in the game.
Justin Langley gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the second with a RBI chopper up the middle.
Parkview came right back with a two-run third behind Woodworth’s clutch double to right field, making it 2-1.
The Vikings added to their lead in the fifth with the aid of a Cougar throwing error that enabled Riley Pearson and Garret Koch to score. That gave Parkview at 4-1 advantage.
“We gave them an extra two runs,” Clinton coach Scott Cernek said. “Good teams will make you pay, and that’s what they did.”
The costly error proved to be the difference as the Cougars were able to add another run in the seventh. Tyler Chesmore led off with a double and scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Cougars, however, couldn’t draw any closer as Lavery retired the next two batters to wrap up the victory.
“Hats off to Lavery. He was amazing,” Cernek said. “I thought he changed speeds and threw with confidence and gained more confidence and clutched up in the seventh and stepped up.
“Hats off. Parkview is a good team.”
PARKVIEW 4, CLINTON 1
Parkview (ab-r-h-rbi)—Neal, cf, 3-0-1-0; Aasen ,ss, 3-1-2-0; Woodstock, lf, 2-1-1-0; Woodworth, 1b, 4-0-2-2; Pearson, 3b, 3-1-0-0; Lavery, p, 4-0-0-0; Koch, c, 4-1-0-0; Bartelt, dh, 4-0-0-0; Hauri, ph, 1-0-0-0; Lewis, rf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 31-4-6-4.
Clinton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Risseeuw, ss, 4-0-0-0; Brandl, c, 2-0-1-0; Roth, cf, 3-0-0-0; Kruckenberg, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Kollasch, rf, 3-1-1-0; Chesmore, dh/p, 2-1-1-0; Langley, p/1b, 1-0-1-1; Brockwell, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Barker, lf, 3-0-1-0. Totals: 23-2-4-1.
Orfordville Parkview 002 020 0—-4
Clinton 010 000 1—2
E- Clinton 3, Parkview 2. LOB –Parkview 8, Clinton 4. 2B- Woodworth, Koch, Aasen, Chesmore.
IP H R ER SO BB
Lavery (W) 7 4 2 1 8 3
Langley (L) 5 6 4 2 8 4
Chesmore 2 1 0 0 2 0