By Gary R. Rasberry
FORT RECOVERY -- Parkway plated four runs in the first inning before Fort Recovery could record an out en route to a 9-2 win at Fort Recovery in Mercer County ACME circuit action.
The win keeps Parkway perfect at 8-0 on the season as the Indians drop to 1-2 on the year.
Things started out well for Parkway as Derik Snyder belted a shot down the third-base line that resulted in a Fort Recovery error.
Fort Recovery starting pitcher Toby Metzger walked Jeremy Heiser and Jensen Painter back-to-back to load the bases for Jordan Thompson and he lofted a deep fly to center that Troy Metzger could not get a handle on, allowing Snyder and Heiser to score.
Kyle Hamrick followed with a bases-clearing double to make it 4-0 before Trevor Krogman made the first out with a deep fly to center. "You can't give a good team like that any outs," said Fort Recovery coach Kyle Wehrkamp. "You give them extra outs, they make you pay."
The start of the game signaled a solid hitting day for Parkway. Snyder and Krogman hit home runs while Kyle Hamrick went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Painter added a pair of two-baggers as well as part of a Parkway offensive attack that collected 10 hits on the day.
"We came out swinging the bats early," said Parkway coach Mike Moorman. "Nice to see after Friday when we only had four hits against Marion (a game Parkway won). Kids are believing in themselves on the winning streak. It was good to get all the kids in and everyone contributed."
With a busy slate of games this week, Moorman chose to get several pitchers into the game. Ethan Hayes started the game and went the first three innings. In the second, Fort Recovery touched him for two unearned runs with Troy Metzger driving in Kevin Schoenherr on a single to left while Curt Heitkamp brought Metzger in with a single before Hayes closed the door.
In the fourth, Shaun Coffman came on and threw two innings of one-hit baseball to earn the win. Austin Art and Snyder wrapped up the game with an inning each of relief.
"We have a big week ahead of us with Celina (tonight), then Coldwater (on Wednesday)," said Moorman. "We're just trying to keep everyone fresh in case we need some relief innings."
Troy Metzger and Heitkamp each had two hits to pace the Indians.
Parkway travels to Eastview Park tonight to face Celina while Fort Recovery is at Coldwater tonight in a rescheduled game from last week. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.