Posted: Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:19PM

Falcons shut down Vikings for big conference win

Springfield, Mo. (For  -- The Parkview Vikings played host to the Glendale Falcons on Tuesday night in an Ozark Conference rivalry game.  The Falcons, led by senior pitcher Evan Payne, would shut down the potent Vikings’ offense and win by a score of 7-2.

Payne scattered six hits and walked four in his six innings of work. He faced one of his biggest hurdles in the first inning when Parkview had two on and no outs. 

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. 
 “It was all about playing defensively,” said Glendale head coach Mike Snodgrass.  “When we made a defensive mistake, we were able to recover and not allow them to capitalize.  We felt as if we were going to score some runs.  I thought the entire game we were able to minimize the damage and then we won it at the end.”

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


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