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  • Pittsburg baseball, softball sweep Parsons

  • Borrowing a page from Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris Fan Club), Parsons was very, very good to Pittsburg on Thursday.



    The PHS tennis squad finished second place in the Southeast Kansas League Tournament and on the diamonds, Pittsburg went 4-0 as the baseball team won 12-10 and 12-2 and the softball team won 13-5 and 11-8.

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  • Borrowing a page from Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris Fan Club), Parsons was very, very good to Pittsburg on Thursday.
    The PHS tennis squad finished second place in the Southeast Kansas League Tournament and on the diamonds, Pittsburg went 4-0 as the baseball team won 12-10 and 12-2 and the softball team won 13-5 and 11-8.
    The baseball team, under first-year head coach Keith Matlock, improved to 7-8 overall and 3-5 in the SEK.
    “The boys really came to play,” Matlock said. “We took some good approaches at the plate, just a good night offensively.
    “We got good pitching all night long. In game one, Dylan Crozier threw really well for 4 1/3, then Anthony McNeely came in and threw 2 1/3 and Drake Markley came on to get the last out with two runners on. He got a strikeout to earn the save.
    “In game two, Spencer Bernhardt threw all five, giving up three hits and he struck out four.”
    Markley led the Pittsburg offense in the opener with a 5-for-5 and two runs scored. McNeely went 2-3 with two runs scored and fellow senior Todd Keller added a 2-5 with two runs scored.
    In the nightcap, Tanner Ellis, Bernhardt, Nick Vacca, McNeely and Keller each recorded two-hit games. Vacca and Keller each went 2-2, Bernhardt and Vacca each scored three runs.
    Trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning of their first game, the Purple Dragons saved their best for last with nine runs.
    Katy Short, Bethanne Elliott, Alaura Short and Andie Casper all enjoyed multi-hit games. Katy Short led the way with four hits, Alaura Short and Elliott both had three and Casper picked up two on a night where two proved to be her magic number with two runs scored, two hits and two RBI. Katy Short also drove in two runs. Mercedes Vogel and Alaura Short each scored three.
    However, it was the power-packed bat of Elliott who proved most dangerous against Parsons. She drove home five runs, equaling Parsons’ runs.
    The Dragons have been notoriously slow starters this season but on Thursday night, their slow beginning did not hurt them against Parsons.
    Vogel earned the win in the circle, going all seven innings, facing 33 batters, throwing 140 pitches and striking out seven, walking five, giving up seven hits. The Vikings scored five runs, three earned, on No. 23.
    With momentum on its side, Pittsburg scored six runs in the first two innings of the nightcap and led 6-1.
    No lead proved to be very safe and Parsons parlayed five in the fourth and two in the fifth to gain a 8-7 edge.
    Again, Pittsburg showed up in late innings, pushing across two in the sixth and two in the seventh to claim a SEK League sweep.
    Page 2 of 2 - Casper, Vogel, Alaura Short and Elliott enjoyed multi-hit games with Casper leading the Dragon attack with three. Elliott drove in three and finished her successful night with eight RBI on five hits. Vogel and Casper both drove in and scored a pair of runs, Alaura Short scored three runs.
    Pittsburg improved to 5-11 and 5-3 SEK.
    Game One
    Pittsburg baseball 12, Parsons 10
    PHS    123 201 3 — 12
    PAR    120 211 3 — 10
    WP: Dylan Crozier. SV: Drake Markley.
    Game Two
    Pittsburg 12, Parsons 2 (5 innings)
    PHS    902 01 — 12
    PAR    101 00 —  2
    WP: Spencer Bernhardt.
    Game One
    Pittsburg softball 13, Parsons 5
    PHS    201 010 9 — 13 14 3
    PAR    000 320 0 —  5   7  3
    WP: Mercedes Vogel. LP: Shelton. E: Abby Herring, Andie Casper, Alaura Short; Jack 2, Flores. 2B: Bethanne Elliott, Casper, Katy Short. SB: Vogel; Mitchell. HBP: Vogel; Kelly. LOB: PHS 9, PAR 7.
    Game Two
    Pittsburg 11, Parsons 8
    PHS    240 102 2 — 11 11 1
    PAR    100 520 0 —  8   9  2
    WP: Andie Casper. LP: Martin. E: Katy Short; Shelton, Martin. 2B: Casper, Alaura Short; Johnson, Foster. SH: Hannah Drenik. SB: K. Short 2, Bethanne Elliott. HBP: Kylie Wilber, Alaura Short.
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