The Pittsburg baseball team won a sloppy first game, then gutted out the second game in a double-header sweep of Parsons Thursday night.

The Pittsburg baseball team won a sloppy first game, then gutted out the second game in a double-header sweep of Parsons Thursday night.

The first game — an 11-9 Pittsburg victory — saw the two teams combine for nearly as many errors, 13, as hits, 14, thanks in part to a swirling wind that wreaked havoc on pop flies.

Pittsburg (14-0 overall, 12-0 Southeast Kansas League) put up five runs in the first inning on just one hit, aided by three Parsons  (5-9, 3-7) errors, and scored an unearned run in the third inning before adding another five in the fourth. That effort was also aided by several Parsons mistakes, including an error, a passed ball and a wild pitch.

But Pittsburg actually committed one more error than Parsons, and several of those mistakes — including three errors in the Vikings’ three-run third, two errors in the three-run fifth and an error in the one-run sixth — allowed the Vikings to claw back into the game.

The one-run sixth brought Parsons to within two runs, and the Vikings actually brought the potential tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh. But pitcher Blake Wilson forced Craig Beachner into an infield pop-out.

“We did not play well at all in the first game,” said Pittsburg coach Mike Wilbert. “We had a lot of errors and several bad at-bats.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Parsons, and I think they’re a good young team,” Wilbert said. “But I was not at all pleased with our first game.”

Wilbert said the second game was better played by both teams. Pittsburg scored a run in the third when Wilson reached on a fielding error. Matt Clark singled before Jordan Elliott beat out an infield single, plating Wilson. Strong pitching from Broc Bennett allowed the Purple Dragons to carry a 1-0 lead through the end of the fifth.

Parsons rallied in the sixth, scoring three runs, thanks in part to two Pittsburg errors.

“Again, if we make those plays, we get out of the inning,” Wilbert said.

Instead, Pittsburg went into the bottom of the sixth down 3-1. Jace Erwin doubled to start the inning, while Elliott walked. Zach Younge struck out, and Brandon Baker grounded into what looked like an inning-ending double-play. The shortstop tagged second, getting Elliott out, but Baker beat out the throw to keep the inning alive. Erwin scored on the play, cutting the deficit to one run.

Broc Bennett grounded to the shortstop, but a throwing error put him on first. Jornell Fondren, pinch running for Baker, advanced to third on the play. Joe Wimmer beat out an infield hit, allowing Fondren to score and tie the game. Kale Cunningham doubled, scoring Christian Boor, who was running for Bennett, giving Pittsburg the lead. Wilson doubled, with Wimmer and Cunningham both coming home.

The five-run inning gave the Purple Dragons a 6-3 lead that they held through the final inning.

“We played better in the second game,” Wilbert said. “I thought we got five great innings out of Bennett before he tired a little bit.

“We’re going to go back tomorrow and go to work,” Wilbert said. “Record-wise, the top few teams in the league are coming up on the schedule, and we have to play better. But we were happy to win two games.”

Pittsburg softball sweeps Parsons

Pittsburg softball rebounded from Tuesday’s losses by sweeping Parsons, a team right below the Purple Dragons in the standings.

Kaitlin King pitched the full first game, a 10-3 Pittsburg victory, striking out four. Pittsburg led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning when the Purple Dragons exploded for four runs.

Kristina Willis reached on a shortstop error, then scored when Jessica Wade doubled to centerfield. King doubled to the left-centerfield gap, scoring Wade. King then stole third base and scored on a passed ball.
With two outs, and nobody on, Allison Percy singled up the middle and stole second base before Lizzy Willis singled her in.

Pittsburg then upped the spread by three in the sixth inning. Kristina Willis walked and Andie Casper singled before Wade doubled, scoring both. King then singled into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Wade.
Wade went 3-4 with three RBIs and scored twice. King hit 2-3 with two RBIs.

Pittsburg won the second game 6-5 by rallying from a 5-4 deficit in the sixth inning. The Purple Dragons moved to 10-6 on the season and 9-3 in the league with the win. Parsons fell to 7-7 and 4-6.

“We played a lot better defense and made better contact,” said Pittsburg coach Mary Packard. “Our heads were better tonight. It felt good to finish the week strong.”

Pittsburg will travel to face Independence on Thursday.

Parsons softball at Pittsburg
Game one
Pittsburg 10, Parsons 3
Parsons    200 000 1 — 3 6 3
Pittsburg    034 003 x — 10 9 2
Game two
Pittsburg 6, Parsons 5
Parsons    210 020 0 — 6 5 2
Pittsburg     012 102 x — 5 10 1
Parsons baseball at Pittsburg
Game one
Pittsburg 11, Parsons 9
Parsons    113 031 0 — 9 8 6
Pittsburg    501 500 x — 11 6 7
Keaton Nolting, Wes Krull (5) and Nick Ferraro. Blake Wilson and Dylan Gromer. WP — Wilson. LP — Nolting. 2B — Parsons: Nolting, Ivory Kelly, James Jackson.

Game two
Pittsburg 6, Parsons 3
Parsons    000 003 0 — 3 7 5
Pittsburg    001 005 x — 6 9 3
Joel Collins and Nick Ferraro. Broc Bennett, Jordan Elliott (6) and Dylan Gromer. WP — Elliott. LP — Collins. 2B — Parsons: James Jackson. Pittsburg: Jace Erwin, Kale Cunningham.