Posted: Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:27PM

Parkview baseball closes strong to beat Nixa

Nixa, Mo. (For  -- The Parkview Vikings’ offense wasn’t much of an offense until the last frame against Nixa Wednesday night. 

The Vikings use a four-run seventh inning in Nixa to finish off the Eagles 6-2 in a non-conference matchup. Both teams are in the same district. 

“I was glad to see us come out and compete,” said Parkview coach John Thompson.  “(The) last few games we were pressing a little bit but I think today, guys kind of relaxed.”

With the win, Parkview snaps a five-game losing streak.  Andrew Kendrick led the Viking offense.  He went 2-4 with 3 RBIs off of two doubles.

“This was a really hard-fought game today,” said Kendrick.  “We made some adjustments late in the game and a lot of things went our way.”

The game saw three lead changes throughout and the first run came from a squeeze play by the Eagles in the fourth inning.  Nixa’s Austin Hyde laid down a bunt with Scott Minehardt coming home to take the 1-0 lead.
Parkview would answer in the following frame.  Kendrick, with runners on second and third, laced a doubled into left center to plate both Tyler Nemmers and Landan Ruff.

“First two at-bats, I was a little out on my front foot and swinging at bad pitches,” said Kendrick who struck on out each of his first two at bats.  “The last two at-bats I just made sure I stayed back and drove the baseball.”

Nixa would tie the game back up at 2-2 in the sixth after Austin Schweiss drove a line drive into right center for a two-out single.  Then things unraveled for the Eagles.

In the top of the seventh, Brandon Beavers led off with a walk and Hunter Steinmetz sacrificed him over to second. Nemmers singled up the middle to score Beavers from second, which would end up being the winning run. 

Ruff followed with a walk of his own and Kendrick provided the knockout blow with a double down the line, scoring both runners on base.  Kendrick would later score on a wild pitch to make it 6-2.

“Their pitcher did a really good job at keeping us off balance all game,” said Thompson.  “Later in the game, we stayed with our approach and made adjustments which finally we got to him a bit.”

Nixa starter Athen Lummis was chased in the seventh inning, two outs shy of the complete game. He went 6 1/3, gave up 10 hits, walked two and struck out four.  Lummis also gave up six runs, five of them were earned.  The Eagles were led by Minehardt and Schweiss offensively with two hits apiece.

Nixa falls to 5-8.  They travel to Neosho Thursday.  Parkview improves to 7-8 and will play host to both Kickapoo and Springfield Catholic on Friday.

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