Parks Field teams battle during District 7 tournament
Parks Field American claimed the 2013 South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) District 7 Championship, but not before Parks Field National gave the team everything it had.
After earning shutouts over Ladson and Moncks Corner earlier in the week, the Parks American All-stars clinched the district title Wednesday with a 14-13 win over Parks National. Parks American will advance to play in the state Minors tournament scheduled for July 20-25 at Wescott Park in North Charleston.
Parks American carried a 14-5 lead into the bottom half of the final inning Wednesday but had to hold off a fierce rally by Parks National, which scored 8 runs in its final turn at bat.
Collin Grooms turned in a solid performance on the mound for Parks American before running out of gas in the sixth inning. He struck out nine batters while walking five, and two of the walks came in the final inning.
Ryan Lark closed the game out and only yielded one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
Walker Richardson led Parks American offensively, going 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. Lark was 1 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Dalton Godin, Lark, Collin Grooms and Colby Shirey all reached base three times. Richardson had a triple and Grooms had a double.
Coda Westbrook led the Parks National offense, going 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Adam Crowder also had two RBIs and Zach Barfield scored three runs. Crowder, Barfield, Westbrook and Payne Rutherford all reached base three times. Westbrook had a triple and Barfield had a double.
Parks American went up 4-0 in the top of the first inning. Godin, Jennings Fowler and Richardson all had a hit while Lark, Wyatt Fulton and Richardson earned RBIs.
Parks American’s biggest inning was the fourth when the team pushed six runs across off three hits, three walks and two Parks National errors. Jessen Heber, Lark and Grooms had the hits while Fowler, Lark, Grooms and Fulton had RBIs.
Parks American added three runs in the fifth.
Parks National got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Barfield doubled and Brody Moran drove him in.
Parks National cut the lead to 5-2 with a run in the third. Rutherford received a base on balls and Crowder drove him in.
Just when it looked like Parks American was going to cruise to the championship, the Parks National lineup found its groove. The sixth-inning rally began when the team loaded the bases off a walk, a single by Moran and a Parks American error. Westbrook then singled to plate the first of his team’s eight runs in the turn at bat.
Mason Hutto and Crowder also had RBI-singles during the rally while Blake Jeffcoat received a bases-loaded walk. Jeffcoat, Hutto and Rutherford scored on a combination of passed balls and wild pitches.
Parks National had its No. 2 batter up with the tying run in scoring position. On a 3-2 count, Lark sent a strike by the batter to end the game and Parks National’s hopes of forcing a three-way tie for first place in the tournament.
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