Parker Blue edges Red to open league
The Parker Blue baseball team opened up the 2021 Prairie Grass baseball league season with a matchup against the Parker Red last Monday night in Parker. It was a guaranteed Pheasant victory, and a thrilling game ensued, with Parker blue just edging Parker Red, showing just how deep the two teams are.
Parker Blue was considered the home team, with Benson Jones taking the mound. Jones went to work with a 1-2-3 inning, and it was time for some offense.
Levi Rand took the first pitch for a double, setting things up, with Colin Robertson up next, tripling scoring Rand. After an out, Rush Bleyenberg singled scoring Robertson, giving Parker Blue a 2-0 lead.
A pitchers battle followed the next two innings, as Jones and Brock Fredrickson for the red team battled back and forth for outs. The blue team worked themselves out of a hole in the fourth inning, as the first batter was hit by pitch and scored on a Caleb Wieman double. Next to bat was Mason Hohn who hit a tough shot to right field, where Kaden Fosheim made a remarkable catch, giving Parker Blue two outs. Wieman then tried stealing home on a past ball two plays later, but catcher Dylan Dykstra got the tag out just in time, keeping things at 2-1.
The blue team went to work in the final frame, as Chase Rebeleim was bit by pitch with Rand, Robertson, Jones, and Bleyenberg all hitting, scoring four more runs and padding the lead to 6-1.
Colin Robertson then entered the game in relief for blue, going 1-2-3 to end the game with the blue team taking a 6-1 victory.
“I was very proud of how we played tonight,” said head blue coach Shane Merrill. “We attacked well when we needed to on offense and made two huge defensive plays in the top of the fourth to stop any momentum they were trying to grab.”
He continued, “They are a good team, a true testament to how many great kids and baseball players we have in Parker. Hopefully we can all learn from this game as more league play approaches.”
Parker Red next played Viborg-Hurley while Parker Blue was at Canton.