Parker earns baseball win
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Vikings were limping toward the end of the regular season with only four wins.
The fortunes changed Friday night.
The Vikings scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and held on for a 4-1 win over second-ranked Holmen in the first game of the Marshfield Tournament. Parker (5-17) plays Appleton West at 10:30 this morning, followed by a 1:30 p.m. game against host Marshfield.
Coupled with a 6-0 loss to top-ranked Sun Prairie on Thursday, Parker played the top two ranked teams in the state on back-to-back days.
“We knew coming in to the season how difficult our schedule was, but the last two nights have been really brutal,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “But give our kids a lot of credit. We had one bad inning against Sun Prairie that cost us the game, and tonight we had the big inning that got us the win.
“Our record isn’t the greatest, but we’ve proven time and time again that we can play with the best when we’re doing things the right way.”
Parker scored three runs in the seventh on a wild pitch and Aric Bobzien’s suicide squeeze that scored two runs.
Brady Brandt went the first six innings to pick up the win.
PARKER 4, HOLMEN 1
Janesville Parker 000 001 3—4 5 2
Holmen 000 010 0—1 5 4
Brandt, Osmond (7) and Welch; Wesley, Neeguard (6), Gregor (6) and Fraser.
Leading hitters—Kohlway (H) 4x4. 2B—Kohlway (H), Bobzien (P).
SO—Brandt (P) 3, Osmond (P) 1, Wesley (H) 5, Gregor (H) 1. BB—Brandt 4, Wesley 5, Neeguard 2.