Parker 12U runners-up in Madison

Front: Colton Davis, Levi Rand, Brady Beyer, Jake VanVliet, Marquice Bortnem. Back: Ransom Jones, Shane Merrill, Colin Robertson, Caleb Wieman, Jack Anderson, Brock Frederickson, Mason Hohn, Benson Jones, Mike VanVliet.

The Parker 12U baseball team traveled to Madison on a steamy Saturday for the annual Madison youth baseball tournament. There were two pools of 12U teams with the winners of each pool advancing to the championship.

In their first game of the day, the Pheasants faced off against the Lake County Wreckers at 8:30 a.m. The Wreckers were first up to bat in the contest and got one run pushed across in the top of the first. Parker had runners in scoring position, but stumbled, scoring none and went back to work on defense. Three quick outs had the Pheasants back at the plate with Benson Jones getting on base and stealing around and taking home on an overthrow. That knotted the game at one giving the Pheasants a needed boost of momentum.

The defense continued to hold Lake County in check, and the bats came to life as Levi Rand, Brady Beyer and Colin Robertson all scored on a Robertson home run, pushing the lead to 4-1. Brock Frederickson and Caleb Wieman added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings on their way to a 7-2 victory.

Parker met up with Canton in their second game of the day, a team they were very familiar with. The Pheasants jumped early on the C-Hawks as leadoff Rand tripled and Beyer scoring Rand. Wieman and Jones also scored, pushing the Parker lead to 4-0 in the top of the first.

Robertson was on the mound for Parker going 1-2-3 in the first. The bats then tapered off for the Pheasants and the C-Hawks started to claw back, tying things at 4-4 in the third inning. 

After regrouping the Parker bats went back to work as Jones took a shot right up the third baseline, good enough for a double. Frederickson was then up to bat, blasting a shot deep over the centerfield fence, the first home run of his career, putting Parker back in charge, up 6-4. Frederickson then entered on the mound with Robertson at short stop twisting up a double play to end the bottom of the fourth, putting momentum squarely on the shoulders of the Pheasants. 

Parker batted all the way around in the fifth, putting up seven more runs to take control, and allowed just two more while scoring two in the top of the sixth, on their way to a 15-7 win, giving them an undefeated record in the pool and a date with Madison in the championship.

The Pheasants faced the Madison DQ traveling team in the final frame of the game, with the temperature hovering around 100 degrees. Madison had ran through their pool over Mitchell, West Central and Tea, and were sure to be a tough out.

Parker was first to bat, with lead off Rand taking the first pitch off the outfield fence, just short of a homer. Parker was able to hit the Bulldogs, but Madison gobbled up everything keeping Parker from crossing home. Madison added two runs in the first, and two Pheasant errors in the second cost dearly, giving up four runs. Parker continued to hit but could not push a run across the plate, while the Bulldogs tacked on two more in each of the next two innings, taking the championship 10-0. 

“All in all a really solid day,” said coach Shane Merrill. “We attacked well in the box in all three games and really tried to push the tempo. I’m proud of how the guys persevered through this heat today and our catcher Brady Beyer who spent most of the day behind the plate. We are excited to continue to improve before the state tournament in Webster in July.”

Parker returns to league play the next two weeks and will be in the Mitchell tournament on June 19-20.

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