GIRARD — Pittsburg’s 9-year-old all-star team kicked off its district tournament with a convincing 14-3 win over Parsons Wednesday.
Starting fast, Pittsburg scored early and often, jumping out to an 8-0 lead after the first two innings. The Pittsburg bats continued to pour on insurance runs as the pitching of Jett Burgess stifled the Parsons’ offense. Pittsburg ended the game early in the fourth, mathematically eliminating Parsons with a run in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 11.
After a clean top of the first, Pittsburg went to work on offense, striding out to a 3-0 advantage by time the opening frame was completed. Burgess helped himself on the mound, highlighting the inning with an RBI single to left-center field.
Pittsburg continued to add on runs in the bottom of the second, reaching the maximum five runs scored allowed per inning.
After a hit-by-pitch to start the last of the second, wild pitches from Parsons led to consecutive walks as well as a run coming across the plate to make the score 4-0.
Burgess – who was named as the Pittsburg MVP for the contest — came through again with runners on base, plating a pair of runs on a single up the middle to make the score 6-0.
Alex Johnston followed with an RBI single through the left side for Pittsburg to stretch the lead to seven runs.
Pittsburg scored their final run of the inning when Mike Westhoff reached base on an error by Parsons on the infield.
The scoring didn’t stop there, as Pittsburg again pushed five runs across, this time in the third inning.
Nate Mitchell’s RBI single to center field with a runner on second started the scoring.
Pittsburg’s 10th run came on a wild pitch later in the inning, with a hit-by-pitch forcing in a third run in the inning to make the score 11-0.
An error on the infield by Parsons with the bases loaded allowed two more runs to score, ending the frame with the score in favor of Pittsburg, 13-0.
Parsons got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, keeping its hopes alive with three runs crossing the plate.
After the first runs scored on an error by Pittsburg, Daegun Mackey — Parsons’ MVP of the game — singled in a run to make the score 13-2.
A walk drawn by Parker Ray with the bases loaded got Parsons within 10 runs, 13-3.
Pittsburg ended the game in the next half inning, when Conner Proffitt led off the bottom of the fourth with a single up the middle before coming around to score on wild pitches.
PITTSBURG ON THE MOUND
Burgess held Parsons scoreless, pitching three innings of shutout baseball and allowing no hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
Proffitt pitched the fourth inning for Pittsburg, allowing three unearned runs on three walks, two hits and three strikeouts.
Pittsburg awaits their opponent with a game at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.