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After striking out Landan Ruff, Payne would intentionally walk slugger Andrew Kendrick to load the bases, hoping to create a double play. Brandon Beavers would hit a line drive back to Payne, who instinctively threw the ball to his catcher, senior Jeremy Cologna, for the second out. Cologna would turn the unconventional 1-2-3 double play when he threw Beavers out at first.
“We got into some trouble in the beginning,” said Payne, “but we got out of the jam. The 1-2-3 double play in the first inning was big, probably the biggest part of the game, a key moment. Jeremy and I have been playing ball together since elementary school so we are on the same page. I think after that double play I was in the zone.”
Glendale scored its first run of the game in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Kendon Brown, scoring Scott Harned. The Vikings would respond with two of their own in the bottom of the third on a double by Kendrick and a fielder’s choice RBI by Wyatt Gann.
The Falcons tacked on three runs in the top of the fifth inning when Parkview made its only error of the game, allowing two unearned runs. Payne allowed Parkview just one hit in his last three innings.
“Tonight’s pitcher and catcher are both seniors and have experience, but not all of my seniors do,” said Snodgrass. “Evan and Jeremy are two of my more experienced players. We have a senior at shortstop and one at first base, and a couple of seniors in the outfield, and they are able to stay calm and make the plays that need to be made.”
In the top of the seventh, the Falcons would plate three more runs, making the score 7-2. Glendale brought in junior Kyle Larsen to finish the game. He would give up no hits, no walks, and would strike out Kendrick and Beavers to end the game.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Snodgrass. “We had a disappointing loss to Camdenton last week. Parkview’s a great team and this win evens us up because Parkview’s going to beat a lot of the conference teams. With us beating them, it put us in the conference chase.”
Parkview’s record is 6-4 (1-1 Conference)
Glendale’s record is 8-4 (2-1 Conference)
Glendale 7, Parkview 2
Glendale 001 030 3 ---7
Parkview 002 000 0 ---2
Hits – Glendale 13 hits, Doubles-Payne
Parkview 6 hits, Doubles-Kendrick
Errors – Glendale 3, Parkview 1