PARKERSBURG - Kyle Foster delivered the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and Parkersburg closer Cole Parker made things interesting before registering the save, but the host Big Reds rallied past rival Parkersburg South, 8-7, here Tuesday evening at Bennett Stump Field.
"Senior leadership and these kids never got down," said PHS skipper Alan Burns of the keys to victory. "The kids didn't give up and everything, but you can't go out and walk nine batters and have four errors.
"That's 13 runners you are giving them and we can't do that. Neither team played real well. The kids stayed up, but we got to take care of business and get rid of errors and do a better job of pitching."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg South's Kyle Thompson dives into first base as Parkersburg's Levi Casto awaits the throw during Tuesday night’s game at Bennett Stump Field. Parkersburg defeated Parkersburg South by a score of 8-7.
Parkersburg South, which dropped to 2-3 and plays at 5:30 p.m. Thursday versus Cambridge at Hank Greenburg Field, scored thrice in the top of the sixth to forge a 7-6 advantage.
Tyler Parsons, who went 3 for 4, doubled to start the sixth and scored when Alex Simon drew a bases loaded free pass. Leadoff hitter Dakota Robinson, who singled with one out, eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. PHS then made an error on the throw following the wild pitch, which allowed Tyler Berry to cross.
However, Parsons, who took the loss, couldn't hold the lead in the sixth as PHS (3-1) pounded out four hits. Rex Windland started things with an infield single and Levi Casto sacrificed. PHS starter Logan Dudley, who got a no decision after working 5 1-3 innings, singled to put runners on the corners and Jeff Davis came through with an RBI infield single. Foster then followed one out later with his inside-out swing as his opposite field shot landed fair down the line in left.
"Our guys, they try and they give us good effort. We have to learn from this," said PSHS head coach Matt Null. "We're talking basic fundamentals, 3-1 (count) and we're swinging at bad pitches. We can't get a bunt down the line and bunt it back to the pitcher. It goes on and on."
Anthony Kist, who recorded one out in the sixth to stop the bleeding, was credited with the win. Parker walked two batters in the seventh and the Patriots had the bases loaded, but Berry grounded out to end the contest.
Berry's RBI single gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first when his hit plated Kyle Thompson, who walked three times and stole a base. South tacked on two unearned runs in the second as courtesy runner Dylan Cress and Parsons scored.
PHS scored three times in the third, with the aid of three hit batsmen. Parker had the big hit with a two-run single to right.
South regained the lead at 4-3 in the top of the fifth when Berry walked and scored on Damon Gandee's sacrifice fly. Simon doubled after Berry drew the base on balls, but he was left stranded when Dakota Wade hit into a 4-6-3 double play. PHS second baseman Colby Bennett made a nice play on Wade's ball up the middle and flipped it to Jeff Davis, who barehanded it and fired to Casto at first.
PHS, which plays at 4:30 p.m. today in Ellenboro against Ritchie County, led 6-4 following its three-run fourth. Parker and Wade Garrett had the only RBIs via a sacrifice fly and run-scoring single, respectively.
Sam Boso walked four and allowed six runs, one earned, as the starter for the Patriots, who went 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left a dozen men on base. Eight of those were in scoring position.