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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Panthers sweep Bulldogs

By Colin Foster

Celina catcher Isaiah Eichler puts the tag on Parkway's Caleb Heindel during the. . .

CELINA - After 17 innings and nearly five hours of baseball, the Parkway ACME baseball team came away with a doubleheader sweep against Celina Tuesday night at Montgomery Field.
The Panthers rallied in the seventh inning to tie the opening game and then scored four runs in the 10th for a 5-1 win. In the nightcap, the Parkway offense provided plenty of support early for pitcher Brody Adams, who one-hit the Bulldogs over six innings, en route to a 7-1 victory.
"Tonight was all about pitching," Parkway coach Taylor Bates said. "Wyatt (Felver) pitched great in the first game and Brody (Adams) and Connor Morton combined for a one-hitter in the second game. Finally got some hits strung together. I think we gave up two runs total. That's a recipe for a 'W' right there."
Celina didn't cash in on its chances in game one and the continual mistakes on defense came back to bite them in the later innings.
Parkway scored four runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th to break a 1-1 tie. Celina finished the game with seven errors, two of which came in the 10th.
Tanner Bates singled to start the bottom of the seventh and came around to score the tying run on Celina's fourth error of the game.
Parkway threatened in the third, putting runners on second and third with no outs. But Tanner Freeman pulled off the defensive hat trick to get Celina out of the inning, recording the next three outs, including picking off two runners at home, to end the inning.
The Panthers stranded four total over the next two innings and 11 for the game.
Shawn Rose, who got a no decision in six innings of work for the Bulldogs, scored on Jacob Homan's sacrifice fly in the first to put Celina up 1-0.
Homan came on for the save in the seventh but back-to-back errors on the Celina defense derailed the chance.
Rose allowed four hits total, while Homan went on to get the loss.
Consecutive errors by Homan led to the go-ahead run for Parkway in the 10th. Following that, Bailey Rodriguez had an RBI single, Caleb Heindel ripped an RBI double and Bates added a run-scoring single.
Leading the way for Celina was Isaiah Eicher with three hits, while Jimmy Luebke and Rose each added two.
Wyatt Felver lasted 71/3 innings on the hill for Parkway and gave up one unearned run. Hayden Abromavich finished the job the rest of the way for the win.
In the second game, Adams had four strikeouts in six innings and Morton came off to finish the job in the seventh as Parkway improved to 2-0 on the season.
Parkway scored four runs on one hit and three walks in the second inning. Jensen Riley had a two-run single with two outs in the inning and Jordan Gibson added a two-run double in the fifth and later scored on a passed ball.
Though Celina's starting pitcher Seth Lonsway had control problems at times, he also showed the ability to pile up strikeouts in bunches. The sophomore finished with eight strikeouts in four innings. C.J. Kimmel took over and finished off the game.
Riley led the way at the plate for the Panthers, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Luebke scored Celina's only run of the game in the seventh, crossing home on a grounder by Freeman.
The Bulldogs drop to 2-2 on the season.
"In the first game, we hit the ball well but errors killed us," Celina coach Scott Montgomery said. "You can't win games with seven errors. In the second game, it was the same thing. We had walks and I think we still had our mind on the first game. We hit a few good balls, but they made nice plays. We just couldn't capitalize. I guess we'll get ready for the doubleheader against Marion Local Thursday."
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