Parks Field American all-stars edge out Pepperhill
Hits for extra bases were the main difference in the South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball District 7 Majors championship game.
The Parks Field American All-stars hit two homeruns and three doubles during an 8-6 victory over Pepper Hill Saturday to claim the 2013 District 7 championship. With the win, Parks Field advances to the Dixie Majors state tournament scheduled for July 20-25 in Clemson.
“I’m beyond proud of these kids,” Parks Field coach Mike Little said. “It took all 12 of them to get where they are. It took all 12 of them to beat the quality pitcher and quality coach they faced today. Coach Vasquez is one of the best coaches in the area but our boys just kept battling. We all know each other from travel ball so we made it a fun competitive game that had rivalry but not ugliness.”
David Thorpe got the start on the mound for Parks Field and threw three-plus quality innings before giving up his fifth run on five hits and being relieved. The sidewinder struck out six batters while walking only two.
Adam Jordan pitched the remainder of the game and only surrendered one hit and one run. He fanned four batters and walked none.
Thorpe also led Parks Field at the plate, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Both his hits were doubles. Shortstop Brodie Blanton was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Pepperhill started Pedro Rios on the mound and he struck out four and walked four while surrendering nine hits in a complete game. Three of the hits and two of the walks came in the final inning.
Rios also led the Pepperhill batters, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tobias Jordan was 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored.
Pepperhill had some timely hitting in the bottom of the first inning. Jalen Vasquez reached on a base on balls and Jordan and Rios followed with singles to drive him in. Jordan then scored on a groundout and Rios came home on a wild pitch for a 3-0 Pepperhill lead.
Parks Field cut the lead to a run in the second. Chandler Burns and Thorpe had back-to-back doubles and then Austin Little drove in Thorpe.
Parks Field took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fourth. Third baseman Ben Mitchum got things going with a solo homerun to left field. That brought Blanton to the plate and he hit a solo shot to right field to give his team its first lead of the game. Then Hayden Jackson singled to plate Thorpe.
However, the celebration was short lived as Pepperhill sent three runs across in the bottom of the frame. Tobias Jordan got things going with a double and scored off a hit by Rios. Carl Belton Jr. then put the ball in play to drive the pitcher in for a tie game. After two outs, Lonnie Boston singled to plate Belton for a 6-5 Pepperhill lead that held until the final inning.
In the top of the sixth, Chase DuPree was walked and Mitchum reached on an error. Blanton then drove them in with a single for a 7-6 Parks Field lead. The team added an insurance run later in the inning when Thorpe doubled to plate Chandler Burns.
Parks Field then clinched the victory with three straight outs in the bottom of the frame.
Other Parks Field highlights from the tournament include a no-hitter thrown by Little Thursday evening and homeruns from Mitchum and DuPree that were hit in that same game.
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