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  • Parsons hits, Girard errors add up to 14-3 Parsons win in 14s Babe Ruth

  • The first two batters for Parsons told the whole story of its game against Girard/Arma on Thursday night.

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  • The first two batters for Parsons told the whole story of its game against Girard/Arma on Thursday night.
    Dontel Martinez got on board first by beating out the throw to first from the Girard/Arma shortstop. The second batter, Zach Gilmore, hit a grounder to the third baseman, who threw high to second on an attempt to start a double play. That allowed the runners not only to be safe, but to get an extra base.
    That combination of hits for Parsons and errors by Girard led to a 14-3 Parsons win in the opening game of the 14-year-old District 5 Babe Ruth tournament in Frontenac.
    “We’ve never played that flat before. It’s tournament ball, so the kids are nervous,” said Girard/Arma head coach Wayne Gilmore. “We got the jitters out. We’ll see Saturday how we recover. We hit the ball, but always right to them. Parsons pitched good and played good defense. I’ve got to give them credit.”
    Going back to that first inning, the bases would soon be loaded with one out when Parsons’ Dylan Wisdom launched a three-run double, advancing to third base on the throw. He would score two batters later as the wind would allow an infield pop-up by Bryce Chavez to drop between the pitcher and the third baseman.
    Both teams would add a pair of runs by the end of the second to make it a 6-2 score, which would hold until the fifth inning.
    That’s when the error bug bit Girard/Arma. Consecutive errors and a walk helped load the bases. A sacrifice RBI later, and two more runs would score on yet another error. That baserunner for Parsons would socre on a wild pitch, widening the lead to 10-2.
    After adding a run in the sixth, Parsons would stay on the attack, adding three more in the seventh inning with an RBI bloop single by Tyus Brown and a two-run single by Kaigan Boydston.
    “It was too many errors. We just didn’t swing the bat like we usually do. Their pitchers threw a heck of a game. It was just too little, too late for us,” Gilmore said.
    Parsons will advance to play Erie/Humboldt/Chanute at 6 p.m. tonight at the Frontenac Sports Complex. The top two teams from this district will advance to the state tournament.
    Frontenac 15, Tri-Valley 4
    In the late game Friday night, Frontenac would thump Tri-Valley with runs early and often.
    Frontenac would end up subbing many players out after the third inning, but by then the damage was done, as the team was up 10-0. They’d go on to win 15-4 in five innings in the second game of the District 5 14-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament.
    Page 2 of 2 - Frontenac will advance to play at 8 p.m. tonight against Spring River, made up of players from near Baxter Springs.
    Frontenac pitcher Brandon Mlekus was powerful on the mound, striking out four in his three innings of work. He’d only allow one hit and three baserunners before being pulled.
    Mlekus started off the game with two strikeouts and a popout for a 1-2-3 inning, and then Frontenac got its chance to strike.
    The first two batters would reach on singles (including one run on an RBI balk) before Noah Plouvier would get an RBI after reaching first on a dropped third strike. The team would add two more runs on wild pitches, another on a sacrifice and the sixth run on Tanner Baker’s single for an early 6-0 lead.
    The second inning was much the same, with Mlekus going quickly through the Tri-Valley side and Frontenac adding three runs. Some of the damage was done on an RBI triple by Kaleb Gaven, who would later score on a wild pitch.
    Frontenac would add another in the third for a 10-run lead before putting in its subs on the mound and in the field. Tri-Valley would score twice in the fourth and fifth innings, while Frontenac would score five in the fourth, including two on a double by Caden Bolinger.

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