Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Goooooo Parkview!!

One step closer to grasping a conference title! If they defeat Rolla (at Rolla) on Thursday the conference is solely theirs! Pray for good baseball playing come Thursday evening.

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For the first time in 43 years, Parkview High School holds a share of the Ozark Conference baseball title.

Behind a home run, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored from Missouri State-bound Spencer Johnson on Tuesday, the Vikings clinched at least a share of the OC title with an 11-1 victory over visiting Waynesville in six innings.

“Parkview has one conference championship in baseball since it opened and that was when they went 9-1 in 1969,” Parkview coach John Thompson said.
“And that’s not even hanging on the gym banner. It’s blank in there. We want to put something up there.”

The Vikings are 7-1 in the conference after the win on Tuesday and could win it outright with a victory at Rolla on Thursday.

“We control our own destiny and if our guys take the same approach they took today on Thursday, then I like our chances,” Thompson said.

Parkview scored two runs in the first inning off a single by junior Tyler Nemmers, a double by Johnson and a two-run single by junior Andrew Kendrick.

Johnson got the Vikings going again in the third inning, with a solo home run to left-center that started a four-run Parkview inning.

“I saw the ball well today,” Johnson said. “The pitch on the home run was a fastball down and in.
“The previous pitch was a fastball down and in and it jammed me pretty bad and I shot it off foul. But I got ahold of that one.”

Parkview junior Landon Ruff doubled and later scored on a two-run double by junior Brandon Beavers as the Vikings led 6-0 after three innings.

“Our guys come out today with a serious approach,” Thompson said.

“We have lacked intensity offensively the last couple of games, so it was important for us to stay on top of the baseball and that was important today with the wind blowing out.

“We still had a few flyouts today, but the number was down from the last couple of games.”

Parkview freshman Hunter Steinmetz pitched four innings, gave up two hits, no earned runs and got the victory, while junior Wayne Manier pitched two scoreless innings of relief and didn’t give up a hit.

“Hunter does a nice job of keeping the ball down in the zone most of the time,” Thompson said. “I told him that I’m still looking for that third starter that we can rely on during districts and he responded.”

Johnson’s RBI single in the sixth sparked another four-run inning and was part of a 3-for-3 day.
“Our offense clicks when he is hitting the baseball,” Thompson said.

“He’s done a great job of not getting frustrated because he hasn’t seen a whole lot to hit throughout the year. He got some pitches that he could do something with today and he didn’t miss the opportunity.”

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