East knocks Parker out of first
Wednesday afternoon's Big Eight Conference baseball game between Madison East and Janesville Parker figured to be a mismatch.
Parker came in 11-1 in the conference and tied for first place. East was winless in the Big Eight at 0-11.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, games aren't played on paper.
The Purgolders pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning and then took advantage of a Viking baserunning blunder in the bottom of the inning in pulling off a 4-3 upset win at Riverside Park.
Parker (12-4, 11-2) fell out of first place with the loss heading into Friday's showdown with two-time defending state and three-time defending conference champion Sun Prairie.
“We haven't even mentioned Sun Prairie, so it's definitely not a case of looking ahead,” Parker coach Brian Martin said of the loss. “I think it was more a case of coming to the park and thinking that because our jerseys said 'Parker' and their's 'East', we could just show up and win.
“But we got ourselves out a lot, and didn't make them make too many plays. And at the end, we didn't execute.”
East starting pitcher Zach Zilm kept the Parker hitters off balance. The left-hander allowed only seven hits and retired the first eight batters he faced.
The Purgolders scored two unearned runs in the third thanks to three Parker errors, and made it 3-0 in the fourth.
Parker sliced the lead to one in the fourth on Will Theisen's RBI double and Collin Powers' RBI double. The Vikings tied the game in the sixth on Powers' RBI groundout.
“I thought when we tied it in the sixth that we were in pretty good shape,” Martin said. “We hadn't played that well up to that point but had found a way to tie it up.
“And then in the seventh, when I thought we might get out of it without giving up a run, they score on a wild pitch. That's the kind of day it was.”
East scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh.
Parker had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning but stranded a runner at third despite a fly out to the outfield with one out.
“We can't sit and feel sorry for ourselves,” Martin said. “It's one game and one loss. We have to come back Friday and play well and put this behind us.”
EAST 4, PARKER 3
East (ab-r-h-rbi)—D. Baggot, 1b, 4-1-1-0; S. Baggot, 3b, 2-0-1-1; Crayic, cf-p, 4-0-0-0; Zilm, p, 3-0-1-0; Thorson, cr, 0-1-0-0; Tomony, c, 3-0-3-0; Lafayette, cr, 0-0-0-0; Schwendeman, ss, 3-0-0-1; Grahan, dh, 3-1-0-0; Scfargi, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Thompson, rf, 3-1-1-0; Schlerting, lf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 28-4-7-2.
Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cu. Osmond, cf, 3-0-0-0; Bailey, ss, 4-1-1-0; Coulter, lf, 4-0-0-0; Theisen, c, 3-2-2-1; Powers, 1b-p, 3-0-1-1; Benway, dh, 3-0-0-0; Brewster, p, 0-0-0-0; Gruuenwald, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Welch, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Co. Osmond, rf, 2-0-2-0. Totals: 28-3-7-2.
Madison East 002 100 1—4
Janesville Parker 000 201 0—3
E—Parker 4. LOB—East 6, Parker 6. DP—Parker 2. SAC—Thompson, S. Baggot. SF—Schwendeman. SB—Lafayette, Theisen. 2B—Zilm, Powers, Co. Osmond, Theisen.
East IP H R ER BB SO
Zilm (W) 6 1/3 7 3 3 1 2
Cratic (S) 2/3 0 0 0 0 0
Brewster (L) 6 2/3 7 4 2 2 3
Powers 1/3 0 0 0 0 0