Fresh off their league tournament championship, the Parker blue squad won two more games last week, with one contest remaining this season.
First off in the week Parker faced Tea Reiland. Parker had toppled the Titans 22-1 in the league tournament. But only got two innings in due to lightning on this night. Tea did score first in the game going up 1-0, but Parker went to work in the bottom of the inning as Levi Rand hammered his first shot to deep center field and was advanced on a single by Colin Robertson. Rand then took home on his own on a past ball tying things at 1-1. Robertson was hit in on a shot from Benson Jones while Colton Davis was walked and hit in on a long single from Rush Bleyenberg, making this 3-0. The Pheasants managed to hold the Titans in the second, as Rand and Bleyenberg worked together to allow no runs. Carter Berens was first up for Parker and was walked while Rand and Robertson also reached base with Robertson batting in Berens and Colton Davis hitting in Rand and Robertson making it 6-1 with no outs. Lightning was then spotted and the game was called in the second, with the Pheasants winning 6-1 and improving to 13-0.
In their second game of the week, the Pheasants faced off against Lennox Dressen. Parker had not seen this Orioles squad, and after battling some early jitters came away with a 7-2 victory. Benson Jones was on the mound for Parker on this night, making quick work of the top of the Lennox early. Levi Rand was up first to bat, reaching on a walk. He was advanced on a hit from Drew Chester and hit in on a shot from Jones, putting Parker up 1-0 at the end of the inning. Lennox made a small run in the second hitting three shots to the gaps, but the Pheasants escaped the inning giving up two runs and ending the inning on a fly-out to short and a strikeout. The Pheasants added two more in the third inning as lead off Rand reached on a singled and was hit in on a long triple from Robertson. Robertson caught the pitcher sleeping and stole home, pushing Parker up 3-2 but the Pheasants left the bases loaded, ending the inning on two strike outs. Jones went back to work in the top of the fourth, going 1-2-3 on strikeouts. The Pheasants added four more runs in the bottom, as Dylan Dykstra and Teegun Wentzel reached base on a walk and single respectively. That brought back the top as Rand was walked, loading the bases. Robertson cracked a shot over second but a wild catch handed the Pheasants their first out of the inning. Chester was up next and battled to a walk, pushing across one run, while Benson Jones scored two RBI’s on a long single, making it 6-2. Rush Bleyeberg also had an RBI in but was thrown out, with Parker up 7-2. Lennox tried to threaten in the top of the fifth, loading the bases, but Jones threw three more strikeouts allowing zero runs across. It was a 1-2-3 inning for Parker in the bottom, and Chester was brought in to close in the top of the sixth, striking out all three batters and ending the game with the Pheasants up 7-2. Parker was sure handed on the night, having zero errors. Jones also had 13 strikeouts on the night.
“Really happy about these last couple”, said head coach Shane Merrill. “Especially against Lennox we really had to battle through some adversity. Anytime you can can take a clean sweep of the Lennox teams in a season, that’s a tough thing to do.” Parker improved to 14-0 with the wins and has one game remaining in the regular season.