Posted: Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:14PM

Vikings shut down Republic in regular season finale



Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- The Vikings used five pitchers to win 3-1 in Wednesday night’s non-conference matchup against the Republic Tigers.  The game was the regular season finale for both teams as they each start their district title run on Saturday.

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“This was a game where we wanted to get a lot of different pitchers a lot of work and they did their job,” said Parkview head coach John Thompson.  “We were just hoping that wouldn’t ruin the flow of momentum defensively and for the most part, we did a pretty good job.”

Parkview only surrendered four hits throughout the contest.  Wayne Manier started the game but only went one inning.  Tanner James and Mitch Carriger also only went one inning for the Vikings.  Carriger picked up the save. 

JT Thompson and Jordan Hicks each went two innings.  Thompson earned the win.

“All of our pitchers were on pitch counts,” said coach Thompson.  “We just wanted to run as many guys out there as possible.”

Republic went 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st and Parkview used that momentum for their half of the 1st.  Hunter Steinmetz led off with a single and then stole 2nd on the next pitch.  Tyler Nemmers then walked.  Both Steinmetz and Nemmers pulled off a double steal and eventually scored on Landan Ruff’s double down the 3rd base line.  Ruff would later score on an RBI base hit from Andrew Kendrick.

“It was a little tough for us today but I was glad we jumped on them early,” said Thompson.  “We had runners where we needed them but our focus needs to be better at the plate in certain situations.”

Republic would answer with a run in the 2nd and that would be the last run scored in the ball game.

With this game being a non-conference matchup and district seeding’s set, this game didn’t have much meaning behind other than being each club’s last ball game before district play begins on Saturday. 

“Everybody knows that we want to play well and end on a good note,” said Thompson.  “I feel like they got their work in and hopefully we’ll have two good days of practice before Saturday rolls around.”

Republic started Riley Norris on the bump and was saddled with the loss.  He went 4 1/3 innings, gave up four hits while striking out five and walking three.  All three runs were charged to Norris.

Republic ends the regular season at 5-14. The Tigers play Saturday in Willard against Webb City at 1:30.  Webb City beat the Tigers in the first matchup 3-1.

Parkview improves to 13-10 to end their regular season.  The Vikings open up against the district host Branson Pirates on Saturday.  These two teams hooked up on Tuesday as the Pirates won 7-0.

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