Despite out-hitting the Baxter Springs Lions in Game 1, the Parsons Vikings were swept, 5-4 and 10-0, on Tuesday.

Parsons, playing as the road team on its home field as the games were moved from Baxter Springs, went into the bottom of the seventh inning tied 4-4. The Lions’ leadoff hitter then launched a walk-off home run, denying the Vikings their second win of the year.

“I was really disappointed in our effort against Pittsburg. They’re a good club, but we’re better than how we played them,” Parsons head coach Shelby Liska said. “I was impressed by the turnaround and grit we showed against Baxter Springs in Game 1. A couple of errors turned to bite us.” 

Parsons had eight hits to Baxter Springs’ five, but four errors committed by the Vikings allowed three unearned runs to the plate.

“I want Parsons softball to be going neck-and-neck against the Baxters, Chanutes and Fort Scotts,” Liska said. “That’s the softball I want every time we step on the field.” 

Maria Wilson set a career high with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work while walking two batters. The sophomores also had two hits and a RBI.

“She’s finding more command of the zone,” Liska said. “In her freshman year, she was just trying to throw strikes and we were going three innings. Now she’s finding more success with a changeup and that makes her fastball more effective.” 

Baxter Springs’ leapt ahead 3-0 through two innings then scored five more runs in the fourth frame.

“In Game 2, they jumped out on us,” Liska said. “The girls felt the pressure and our at-bats weren’t as quality. There’s a difference of when you play ahead versus behind and our girls said.” 

The two losses dropped Parsons’ record to 1-11 overall.


Up Next

Parsons is scheduled to face Labette County on Thursday and Fort Scott on Friday, though weather will likely play a factor.

“We’re taking quality hacks in the cage and working on situational hitting,” Liska said. “We’re working on having a line drive, ground ball mentality. Defensively, we haven’t had a chance to work much. But we’ll talk about fundamentals and situations.” 



Game 1

Baxter Springs 5, Parsons 4

Parsons: 013 000 0 — 4

Baxter:   020 200 1 — 5


Parsons: A. Waun 1 H; I. Fuentez 1 H, 1 R; M. Wilson 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; C. Stoneberger 1 H, 1 R; A. Salyers 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; R. Dunlay 1 H, 1 RBI; M. Shepard 1 H, 1 RBI; Wilson (L) 6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Baxter Springs: R. Pitts 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; K. Reinheart 1 H, 2 R; E. Williams 1 RBI; A. Kipp 1 H, 2 R; L. Conard 1 H; K. Bailey 1 H, 1 RBI; H. Panter (W) 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K


Game 2

Baxter Springs 10, Parsons 0

Parsons: 000 000 — 0

Baxter: 210 502 — 10


Parsons: I. Fuentez 1 H; L. Farris 1 H; A. Salyers 2 H; M. Wilson (L) 5.2 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Baxter Springs: R. Pitts 2 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; L. Weston 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; H. Panter 1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI; K. Reinheart 2 H, 2 R; E. Williams 3 H, 1 R, 3 RBI; A. Kipp 1 RBI; L. Conrad 1 R; S. Hailey 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Panter (W) 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

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