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Parker falls to league-leading Sun Prairie

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KENNETH M. VELOSKEY
April 28, 2012
— Parker High sophomore pitcher Cullen Osmond turned in his best performance of the season, but sometimes your best isn’t good enough.

While Osmond struck out eight, walked two and allowed five hits, visiting Sun Prairie left Riverside Park with a 4-0 victory Friday in Big Eight Conference baseball.


Parker is 2-7 in the Big Eight and 2-9 overall. League-leading Sun Prairie is


10-0.


“I think it was my best outing of the year,” said Osmond, who threw 103 pitches. “My curveballs were going good, and my fastballs weren’t as wild as usual.’’


Cardinals senior starter Aaron Schmidt was as sharp as Osmond, allowing two hits, striking out four, and walking one in 90 pitches.


Sun Prairie coach Rob Hamilton is thrilled with Schmidt’s improvement this season.


“He is our No. 3 pitcher, but he started our season out as our No. 5,” Hamilton said. “Every time we throw him out there he pounds the strike zone and doesn’t get behind hitters.’’


The Cards scored the only run they would need in the second inning. Zach Fairchild led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on Ryan Curran’s single.


Osmond sailed through the third, fourth and fifth innings, striking out six of 11 Cardinals, but ran into a bases-loaded jam in the sixth that led to three unearned runs.


Osmond appeared to wiggle free of the jam, but Parker shortstop Brady Brandt misplayed a two-out ground ball, allowing one run to score. Carter Brekke ripped a single to right, driving in two more runs to give Sun Prairie a 4-0 lead.


“There is nothing I could really do,” Osmond said. “I just tried to move on and get the next out.’’


Jake Welch and Brandt hit back-to-back one-out singles in the fourth for the Vikings’ only threat. But Aric Bobzien popped out to second, and designated hitter Mike Heyerdahl went down on strikes to end the inning.


Parker coach Brian Martin can only imagine what might have happened had the Vikings escaped a base-loaded jam and gained a momentum shift.


“Playing against what I expect will be the No. 1-rated team in the state, you’ve got to play your best game, and we were one play away from potentially playing our best game and getting another chance at the end,” said Martin, whose Vikings lost 3-2 Thursday to Madison East on an unearned in run in the ninth inning.


Parker is scheduled to host a nonconference doubleheader against Racine Park at 11 a.m. today.


SUN PRAIRIE 4, PARKER 0


Sun Prairie (ab-r-h-rbi)—Funnell, cf, 4-1-1-0; Schmidt, p, 4-0-0-0; Butler, ss, 3-1-1-0; Fairchild, c, 1-2-0-0; Curran, rf, 3-0-1-1; Mayr, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Brekke, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Lund, lf, 3-0-1-0; Hoffman, 2b, 1-0-0-0; Marchese, ph, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 25-4-5-1.


Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Franklin, cf, 3-0-0-0; Theisen, 3-0-0-0; Welch, c, 3-0-1-0; Brandt, ss, 3-0-1-0; Bobzien, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Heyerdahl, dh, 3-0-0-0; Traynor, rf, 0-0-0-0; Powers, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Osmond, 2-0-0-0; Marshall, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 23-0-3-0.


Sun Prairie 010 003 0—4


Janesville Parker 000 000 0—0


E—Parker 1. LOB—Sun Prairie 4, Parker 3. DP—Sun Prairie. 2B—Lund. SB—Fairchild.


IP H R ER BB SO


Sun Prairie


Schmidt (W) 7 3 0 0 1 4


Parker


Osmond (L) 7 5 4 1 2 8




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