Janesville Parker can’t catch breaks in close games
JANESVILLE Parker High wasn’t looking through rose colored glasses Tuesday at Riverside Park, but the Vikings had every reason to feel good after jumping to a 3-0 first-inning lead on Madison Memorial in Big Eight Conference baseball.
Parker wanted relief from a rough first run through the Big Eight schedule, suffering five one-run losses en route to a 2-7 record.
But after Parker built a 4-1 lead, Memorial hammered the Vikes for four runs on five hits in the sixth inning and sent Parker to a 5-4 defeat. Parker starts the second half of the league schedule with a one-run loss and a 2-8 league mark.
“Unfortunately, this has been how our season has gone,” a frustrated Parker coach Brian Martin said. “I don’t know how many one-run games we’ve lost, but it’s probably more than we should have.’’
Dave Thomas, Memorial’s coach and a 1992 Parker graduate, was glad his team could land a victory after getting off to a bad start.
“Our hitters came back into the game eventually,” Thomas said. “It’s about time we started getting a few breaks.’’
Parker got the breaks to open the game.
Vernon Franklin greeted Memorial starter Paul Koebke-Barsic with double to the gap in leftcenter. Will Theisen singled and Jake Welch ripped another shot into the gap in leftcenter to score Franklin and Theisen.
Aric Bobzien singled off Memorial reliever Tyler Linquist to move Welch to third. Welch scored on a Linquist balk to put Parker ahead 3-0.
But it’s how you finish, and not how you start. Parker left seven men on base through the sixth inning.
“A lot of those (men on base) were early, and were in scoring position, and a lot those guys were on with our better hitters up,” Martin said. “We didn’t do enough to add on to our lead.’’
Parker starter Adam Greene allowed one hit through the first four innings, but surrendered a double and an RBI single in the fifth inning as Memorial cut the lead to 3-1.
Parker’s Justin Devoe ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to plate Brady Brandt, who singled, as Parker took a 4-1 lead.
Greene’s and Parker’s luck ran out in the sixth. Memorial singled home a run and and loaded the bases on three hits before Martin pulled Greene with one out for Mike Heyerdahl. The Spartans added a three runs on two hits for the victory.
“We don’t have margin for error, and they took advantage of it,” Martin said. “They got a big hit in there, and we didn’t.’’
Martin can only shake his head at the Vikings’ one-run blues.
“We should have been feeling good,” Martin said of Parker’s start. “But we needed to add on and obviously, it came back to bite us at the end.’’
MEMORIAL 5, PARKER 4
Memorial (ab-r-h-rbi)—Burkhardt, cf-p, 4-2-2-2; Hirshfield, lf, 4-0-1-0; Kipfer, rf, 2-0-2-2; Eichorst, 1b, 4-0-0-0; Green, ss, 4-0-0-0; Kahl, c, 3-0-0-0; Wood, ph, 1-1-1-0; Jordan, 2b, 3-1-2-0; Lenoch, 1-1-1-1; Schuman, 3b, 4-0-1-0. Totals: 30-5-10-5.
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Franklin, cf, 4-1-1-0; Theisen, lf, 4-1-1-0; Welch, 4-1-1-2; Brandt, ss, 3-1-1-0; Bobzien, 3b, 4-0-1-1; Powers, dh, 4-0-0-0; Devoe, rf, 3-0-1-1; Fosmoen, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Marshall, lf, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 29-4-7-4.
Madison Memorial 000 014 0—5
Janesville Parker 300 010 0—4
E—Memorial 2, Parker 1. LOB—Memorial 6, Parker 8. 2B—Burkhardt, Franklin, Welch. Sac—Marshall. SB—Jordan, Theisen.
Memorial IP H R ER BB SO
Koebke-Barsic 0 3 3 3 0 0
Lindquist 2 1 0 0 2 2
Webb (W) 3 3 1 1 0 1
Burkhardt 2 0 0 0 0 2
Greene (L) 5-1-3 6 5 5 3 3
Heyerdahl 1 2-3 4 0 0 0 1