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