The Parker Red 12U baseball team was also in the league tournament last weekend, on the other side of the bracket from Parker Blue. The Red team was the #2 seed entering the tourney, and faced Tea Frank and Viborg-Hurley in their pool.
In their opening game Friday night, Parker faced off against Tea Frank in a tough out. The Titans jumped on the Pheasants 2-0 in the opening frame on a close play at the plate, pushing the Titans up 2-0. Tough pitching both ways allowed few hits, but the Pheasants finally found life in the fifth inning, scoring one run and pulling within 2-1. It was do or die in the bottom of the sixth, as Jack Anderson battled at the plate driving a shot deep over the right fielder, scoring another run and knotting things at 2-2. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Pheasants could get, and pool play games were allowed to end in a tie, with both teams knotted at 2-2.
In their second game of the tournament, Parker faced off against Viborg-Hurley. The Pheasants scored early and were able to hold on for a win, 4-0.
Brady Beyer scored the first run of the inning, pushing Parker ahead 1-0. The Pheasants were threatening with the bases loaded, but two outs kept the game close.
The Pheasants went to work defensively and had a quick inning, and jumped on the Cougars in the second as Anderson, Beyer and Luke Travnicek all scored, pushing the lead to 4-0.
Parker once again threatened in the fourth but couldn’t push a run across, but the defense kept the Cougars at bay allowing no runs and powering Parker to a 4-0 victory. Pitching for the Pheasants was Brock Frederickson and Luke Travnicek. Frederickson posted 11 strikeouts on the night over 4.2 innings.
The win sent the Pheasants out of pool play with a 1-0-1 record, and set them up against Lennox Hanssen.
The Orioles had a tough pitcher for the Pheasants to battle with a 1-2-3 first inning. Lennox managed to put on two runs in the first and neither team scored in the second. Lennox managed one more in the third, but the Pheasants offense couldn’t get going while Lennox tried to put it away in the fourth adding four more runs. Evan Voeltz finally found life for Parker in the final frame stealing around to third and then taking home, giving them one run. After two strike outs Caleb Wieman also reached base but another strikeout ended the game 7-1.
The loss dropped the Pheasants overall record to 7-2-1.