Parker Blue ties Tea Schramm in finale

Front row league champs are from left: Owen Travnicek, Emmitt Rowe, Layne Latteral, Carter Berens and Korbyn Leveille. Back row from left:  Marquice Bortnem, Mason Hohn, Rush Bleyenberg, Luke Travnicek, Levi Rand, Teegun Wentzel and head coach Shane Merrill. 

Shane Merrill | Writer

It was truly of a tale of saving the best for last, the Parker Blue 10U team, ranked number one and undefeated faced off against Tea Schramm, a team that had been under the radar, but was rated second with a 5-1-1 record on the year. The Pheasants came ready to play and had their chances, but the pesky Titans were able to rally in extra innings to tie the Pheasants 11-11 and hand Parker their first tie of the season.

Parker was up to bat first in the contest as lead off Owen Travnicek took a shot just over second base and was able to steal his way to third. Rush Bleyeberg smoked a shot up the middle driving in the run, giving Parker a 1-0 lead to open the inning. Luke Travnicek took the mound for Parker, doing what he does best, after a fielding error resulted in a home run, the Pheasants settled in getting the next three outs with things tied at 1-1.

Things remained tight until the third, when the Pheasants struck again, this time Bleyenebrg doubled, with Carter Berens driving him in just a batter later, with Berens also scoring on a Korbyn Leveille hit making it 3-1 in favor of the guests. Tea picked up two runs of their own in the inning, tying things again at 3-3

Mason Hohn scored in the fifth inning for Parker off an Owen Travnicek hit, pushing Parker back up one, and after a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning, Parker added two more insurance runs as Marquice Bortnem and Bleyenberg both scored, pushing the Pheasants up 6-3 in the final inning. 

Unfortunately for the Pheasants, Tea was able to rally again, scoring three of their own, setting the stage for extra innings for the first time this season. 

The Parker bats caught fire in the seventh, with nearly everyone recording hits, as the Pheasants put up a five run inning thanks to Hohn, Teegun Wentzel, Luke Travnicek, Bortnem, and Bleyenberg. 

Parker looked to be in control from there as Travnicek took the first batter with a strike out, but after a pitching switch the Pheasants couldn’t regain control, as several walks resulted in a five run inning for Tea, ending the game at 11-11.

“What a fun game,” remarked head coach Shane Merrill. “The pitching on both sides was top notch up until the end, an error and few walks let the things slip away a little bit, but I am still happy with the way we battled the whole night and hit the ball.”

“It was a whirlwind of a season, they always go so fast. This is such a special group you hate to see it come to an end,” he continued. “It was a great summer, finishing with no losses and as league champs is quite an accomplishment, these guys should be proud, hopefully they continue to work and progress as we look forward to next year. Parents and fans should be proud, just a phenomenal group to get to help out with.”

Parker did manage to out hit the Titans 16-9, with Travnicek finishing the game with 11 strike outs. 

Parker Blue finished their season 11-0-1.

Comments are closed.

  • Pheasants Blue edge Lennox

    June 10th, 2021
    by

    Levi Rand scored the go-ahead run in the final inning, helping lead Parker Blue to a 5-3 victory last Wednesday […]


    Parker 9-10 off to hot start at 3-0

    June 10th, 2021
    by

    The Parker 9 and 10-year-old baseball team has gotten off to a hot start this season, winning their first three […]


    Parker Red now 3-1

    June 10th, 2021
    by

    The Parker Red 12U baseball team won both league games last week, toppling Tea DeYoung 4-3 and Lennox Dressen 7-3. […]


    Parker Blue edges Red to open league

    June 10th, 2021
    by

    Parker Blue edges Red to open league The Parker Blue baseball team opened up the 2021 Prairie Grass baseball league […]


    Parker 12U runners-up in Madison

    June 10th, 2021
    by

    The Parker 12U baseball team traveled to Madison on a steamy Saturday for the annual Madison youth baseball tournament. There […]


  • Parker girls take fifth in State ‘A’

    June 3rd, 2021
    by

    Shane Merrill | Sports Writer The Parker girls strong run this season came to a close last weekend as they […]


    Two golfers headed to state

    May 27th, 2021
    by

    Shane Merrill | Sports Writer The Parker golf team qualified two participants to the state golf meet this season, as […]


    Parker girls runner-up at region track

    May 27th, 2021
    by

    The Parker girls track team turned in another strong performance last week, rounding out their list of state qualifiers and […]


    Pheasant baseball 2-1 at Tri Valley

    May 12th, 2021
    by

    Last Sunday, May 9, the Parker 11/12 baseball team traveled to Crooks for the annual Tri-Valley tournament. Parker was locked […]


    Pesicka second at Baltic

    May 12th, 2021
    by

    By Shane Merrill | Sports The Parker golf team headed to Baltic last week, and had a solid day on […]


  • What’s Happening

    Looking ahead to summer sports

    Dawn Rye | Writer Many are heading to the baseball fields to watch their favorite baseball or softball team this […]

    Through the eyes of a mom

    Dawn Rye | Writer Most moms are an advocate, a protector and teacher to her children. On the surface, it […]

    Alice L. Brue

    96 Friday, Dec. 25 2020 Alice Lorraine Skalland was born on April 4, 1924, at Garretson to Isaac and Nana […]