Friday, July 11, 2014
It took three extra innings, but the Parks Field American All-stars defeated the Carolina League All-stars 9-5 Wednesday.
Parks Field, Carolina, Ladson, Pepperhill/Wescott, Moncks Corner, Hanahan and Parks Circle/Northwood are competing in the 2014 South Carolina Dixie Youth Majors (age 11-12) District 7 Championship Tournament this week at Wescott Park. The double-elimination tournament opened Tuesday and will conclude either Saturday or Sunday depending on whether or not a team can sustain an undefeated run. Games are held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Parks Field and Carolina League both won their opening-day game to set up a Summerville showdown on Wednesday. Parks Field defeated Park Circle 11-3 and Carolina League defeated Moncks Corner 8-7.
The next day it took the Summerville teams nine innings to settle which would remain in the winner's bracket.
Parks struck first as Ethan Shaw tripled in the top of the first inning and scored on a single by Jordan Loving. In the bottom half of the inning, Carolina took a 2-1 lead when DeAngelo Mazyck drove in Tybray Moses and Ahmad Tucker with a double.
Colin Grooms tied the game in the second with a single that plated Camden Rossa. Parks then added a run in the third when Loving singled to plate Michael Collins and another in the fourth when Hayden Fowler came home on a throwing error for a 4-2 Parks lead.
However, Carolina answered in the bottom of the fourth. Mazyck singled, moved around on a walk and a Zykye Green single and then scored on a wild pitch. Then Javon Walker drove in TyQuane Murdock with a ground out for a 4-4 score.
Parks regained the lead in the sixth when Shaw scored on an overthrow, but Carolina answered in the bottom of the frame as Mazyck scored on a wild pitch.
Neither team was able to push a run across the next two innings, but Parks strung some hits together in the top of the ninth to send four runners home. The turn at bat began with a single by Loving. After a strikeout, Jennings Fowler and Hayden Fowler singled to load the bases.
Rossa doubled to drive in Loving and Jennings Fowler and then Geoffrey Schnee tripled to plate Hayden Fowler and Rossa for the 9-5 score.
Parks then secured the win by retiring three straight Carolina batters with a strikeout and two pop ups.
Jacob Church, Shaw and Loving pitched for Parks. Loving threw the final five innings and struck out six batters.
Loving and Hayden Fowler both went 3 for 4 at the plate to lead the Parks batters. Shaw and Schnee both reached base four times, including once on a triple.
Tywan Moses, Ahmad Tucker and DeLeon Nelson pitched for Carolina. Tucker threw six-plus innings and fanned six batters. Mazyck led the Carolina batters, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Justin Smith and Green were both 2 for 4 at the plate.
On Thursday after press time Parks faced Pepperhill/Wescott, the only other team without a loss in the tournament. Carolina faced Hanahan.