Lavery fires no-hitter for Parkview
Players and coaches keep pretty tight-lipped when a no-hitter is intact. Lavery realized he had a no-hitter going in the fifth inning of the Vikings’ WIAA Division 3 state semifinal game against Saint Mary Central.
“I actually went up to one of the freshmen and I was like, ‘Do they really have no hits?’ And he’s like, ‘I didn’t really want to say anything, but yeah,’” Lavery said.
“In the bottom of the seventh we got the second out and I looked at my assistant coach and I said, ‘Coach, you’ve looked at the board, right?’ He’s like, ‘Yep. Don’t say a word,’” Parkview coach Troy Aasen said.
The talk of a no-hitter didn’t phase Lavery—he was locked in for all seven innings. After walking four hitters in the first two innings, the junior right-hander retired the final 17 batters he faced to preserve the no-hitter and send his team to the state title game with a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium.
Parkview (19-7) plays Prescott (25-2) in today’s championship game at noon.
The no-hitter is Lavery’s third in the last five games he’s pitched. It’s also only the fourth no-hitter in Division 3 state baseball history.
“Hearing that, it hasn’t
really hit me yet, but I think later it will,” Lavery said. “Whoever did it were probably really good pitchers as well, so put me in those names and I’ll enjoy it. I love it.”
Lavery got stronger as the game wore on. That wasn’t always the case, especially at the beginning of the season. Lavery had trouble finding the strike zone, but he also didn’t get much run support. Heading into Wednesday’s game at state, Lavery had a 5-4 record in 13 appearances with a paltry 1.33 earned run average.
Against Saint Mary Central (21-8), Lavery struck out 10, four looking. Lavery baffled the Zephyers pitch after pitch.
“I felt like I was rolling because I felt like I retired a lot of guys in a row,” Lavery said. “As I got into the seventh, I just went up there and as a pitcher, my thing is to always get the first strike over, and they never really caught on to that.”
According to Saint Mary Central coach Phil Janssen, Lavery was able to elevate his pitches and he pounded the strike zone.
“He got the ball in the mid part of the zone, mid-thigh up to the waist and second pitch strikes,” Janssen said. “We must have taken every second pitch strike that he threw.”
Parkview, making its first trip to state in program history, has now won 12 of its last 13 games. The Vikings found a way to get on the scoreboard in the second inning. Riley Pearson reached base on an error and worked his way to third base before Jarrett Warden laced an RBI single up the middle passed a drawn-in infield to make it 1-0.
After Lavery settled in, he was rewarded with an insurance run in the sixth inning. Pearson started off the frame with a single, which was just the third hit of the game for Parkview. After Saint Mary Central pitcher John Quigley—who went five-plus innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits—was pulled, Rich Vanden Branden retired the next two Vikings hitters. Charlie Thole came up huge for Parkview and knocked an RBI single to center field to plate Pearson for a 2-0 lead.
Lavery and his defense did the rest. The Vikings didn’t commit any errors, while the Zephyers had three fielding miscues.
Parkview had just five hits on the day, singles by Alex Hauri, Brendan Neal, Pearson, Jarrett Warden and Thole.
The victory was Parkview’s first at state in program history. Lavery said it’s a big accomplishment for the team.
“We’re putting our school on the map and that’s what we’ve wanted to do all year,” Lavery said.
PARKVIEW 2, ST. MARY CENTRAL 0
Parkview (ab-r-h-rbi)—Hauri, ss, 4-0-1-0; Neal, cf, 3-0-1-0; Aasen, c, 3-0-0-0; Pearson, dh, 3-2-1-0; Lavery, p, 1-0-0-0; Warden, 2b, 3-0-1-1; Thole, 3b, 3-0-1-1; Olsen, lf, 3-0-0-0; Henning, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Kyser, rf, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 26-2-5-2.
St. Mary Central (ab-r-h-rbi)—Schmidt, cf, 3-0-0-0; Jack, c, 2-0-0-0; Janssen, ss, 3-0-0-0; Quigley, p, 2-0-0-0; Weber, pr, 0-0-0-0; Vanden Branden, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Hutter, dh, 2-0-0-0; Lehner, pr, 0-0-0-0; Van Zeeland, lf, 1-0-0-0; Jack, rf, 2-0-0-0; Skrzypczak, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Peters, 3b, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 20-0-0-0.
Orfordville Parkview 010 001 0—2 5 0
Saint Mary Central 000 000 0—0 0 0
E—Janssen, Skrzypczak, Peters. LOB—Parkview 6, St. Mary 3. HBP—Neal. SAC—Lavery 2. SB—Thole. CS—Lehner.
IP H R ER BB SO
Lavery (W) 7 0 0 0 4 10
St. Mary Central
Quigley (L) 7 5 2 1 0 4
Last updated: 8:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012