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Angola wins NECC baseball tourney

 

Angola claimed the 2013 NECC baseball tournament championship this past Saturday afternoon in Emma with a 1-0 victory over host Westview.

Hornet pitcher Skylar Parker turned his second magnificent performance of the tourney, tossing a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts against the Warriors. Parker, who no-hit Churubusco in Angola’s 5-0 first-round victory over the Eagles last Monday, carried another no-no into the seventh of Saturday’s title bout. Judah Zickafoose finally ended Parker’s string of no-hit innings at 13 with a sharp single to left field.

Zickafoose, who pitched seven strong innings himself, was the first Warrior to make it past first base when he swiped second and third with two outs. But he was left stranded there when Parker whiffed pinch-hitter Chase Anderson to end the game.

Angola notched the contest’s only run in the fifth inning. Jake Roddy led off the frame with a double down the left-field line. After advancing to third on a ground out to second by Nick Chad, Roddy waltzed home when Westview center fielder Jamin Lambright misplayed a fly ball hit by Craig Nofziger.

The Hornets put runners on base in six of the seven innings, but were twice foiled by double plays off popped-up bunt attempts. Christian Bonham reached third base with one out in the fourth, but yet another failed bunt attempt followed by a Zickafoose strikeout of Justin Davis squelched the threat.

Zickafoose finished the game with five whiffs and one walk.

Westview reached the championship round with a 15-1 spanking of Eastside Friday. The night before, the Warriors bested county rival Prairie Heights, 7-3 in quarterfinal action.

Kohle Christner collected four of Westview’s 16 hits in the win over Eastside, driving home four runs in the process. Zickafoose contributed three hits and two RBI, Jamar Weaver, Tarrin Beachy and Damon Miller each lined two hits, and John Yoder socked a three-run double.

Miller pitched all six innings, giving up three hits and walking one.

The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Prairie Heights on an RBI single by Christner in the first and run-scoring grounders off the bats of Weaver and Jake Berkey in the second. Bobby Blum got one of the markers back for the Panthers when he clubbed a solo home run in the third, but singles by Yoder, Lambright, Weaver and Berkey led to two more Westview runs in the bottom of the fourth and a 4-1 spread.

Prairie Heights’ final two runs came on back-to-back doubles by Dylan Stayner and Jared Beechy in the fifth, and consecutive doubles by Blum and Stayner in the seventh. Westview scored single tallies in the fifth and sixth frames on RBI singles by Jeremy Hochstetler and Christner.

Weaver started on the mound for the Warriors and picked up the win, striking out eight in five innings. Zickafoose finished up, whiffing the side in the sixth inning.

Bo Murphy tossed the initial 4.2 innings for the Panthers, fanning six and walking one. Mike Gustin whiffed three and walked one in 1.1 innings of relief.