INDEPENDENCE — Parsons High School’s baseball team rolled over Independence Tuesday in a doubleheader.
Parsons won the first game 8-4 and the second game 11-6.
Sam Vratil pitched seven innings for the Vikings in the first game and he collected 11 strikeouts and allowed only four hits, Coach Gerald Beardmore said. He only walked three batters.
“Sam is pitching really well his last few outings. He is spotting the fast ball well and using the breaking ball effectively. It has been a tough year for him with injuries, but he is coming on at the right time for us,” Beardmore said.
The Vikings kept the Independence defense busy, too, scattering 16 hits in the first game.
Besides his pitching, Vratil singled three times for Parsons. Tyler Drisdell, Elyjah Lyons, Bryce Chavez and Logan Dickinson each singled twice. Keenan Dodd singled twice and doubled for Parsons. Tyus Brown singled and doubled and Silas Russell singled.
“Defensively we were much better tonight and made the plays with a lot of confidence,” Beardmore said. “Having your pitcher filling up the strike done all night keeps you on your toes as well.”
In game two, three pitchers shared mound duty. Logan Dickinson started, getting two strikeouts and allowing two hits. Tyus Brown worked five innings and got five strikeouts. Tyler Drisdell pitched one inning and got two strikeouts.
“Tyus pitched last night like he did game one of the season, confident in his ability and threw a lot of strikes,” Coach Beardmore said. “Tyus stepped up for us big time tonight.”
Tyler Drisdell -- 1 inning with 2 K’s and 1 BB
The Vikings scattered 11 hits in the second game.
Drisdell singled twice and doubled for Parsons. Vratil singled and doubled. Lyons singled and tripled. Chavez and Brown each had two singles. Dodd and Russell each singled. Dodd left the second game in the first inning with an ankle injury.
“Our approach at the plate the entire night was by far the best it has been all year,” Coach Beardmore said. “We took what they gave us and attacked the strike zone. This was a big night for our team and I am very proud of them. We played as a team and got a couple of wins.”
Parsons plays at 5 p.m. Monday in Frontenac against Girard in regionals. The winner will play against Frontenac at 2 p.m. Tuesday.