St. Al runs streak to nine by beating Park Place

Published 5:21 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The wins keep coming for St. Aloysius’ baseball team.

The Flashes dispatched Park Place Christian Academy, 8-2 on Tuesday, for their ninth win in a row to start the season.

“Winning is contagious, and so is losing,” St. Al coach Sid Naron said. “Guys are understanding what it takes to put in the work, and we still have a ways to go. We have areas to clean up, guys are still practicing really hard and playing really good together. The chemistry is good, and I feel like our best days are still ahead of us, which is exciting. We have some young guys that are stepping up so far these first nine games, and it’s been crucial to our success.”

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The Flashes’ success came early on Tuesday, as Ethan Parmegiani opened things up with a two-run double in the first inning. Though Park Place eventually scored two runs from a sacrifice fly and an error, St. Al built onto its lead almost every inning. In the third, Parmegiani sent another run home on a groundout, and James Trichell hit a sacrifice fly.

From there, the Flashes scored in each of the next two innings before getting two runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Thomas Trichell’s single bringing in the final run of the game.

Parmegiani led St. Al with three RBIs on two hits, and Thomas Trichell and Josh Collins had two hits and one RBI apiece.

On the mound, Lane Hubbard gave up one earned run in 4 1/3 innings, with seven strikeouts and six walks. Collins didn’t allow a base runner in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

“I thought we kind of set a tempo with Lane Hubbard. I thought he threw extremely well. And Josh Collins coming in and getting the outs that he did there in the top of the sixth, and then to finish out the game, I thought that we pitched it fairly well,” Naron said. “Defended fairly well, and we got some timely hits. We’ve been waiting on some two-out hits, and we got at least two of them tonight, which is big. Turned into a two-run inning.”

The Flashes take on Pisgah in a non-division game Thursday at home, then travel to Park Place on Friday for the back end of the District 3-AAA home-and-home series. Tuesday’s win improved St. Al’s district record to 3-0.

“Another big game. It will be tough going on the road, they’re a scrappy group,” Naron said of Park Place. “I feel like they have a couple of good arms that they didn’t throw today that we’ll see on Friday, and we’ll definitely have our work cut out for us.”

Naron said getting a win on the road — and just going on it — will be a challenge. The Flashes have not yet played a game outside of Vicksburg, and only once have been away from Bazinsky Field.

“Our only away game was here at Porter’s Chapel, and it’s not really away, it’s here in Vicksburg. It’s a different atmosphere but it’s not really away,” Naron said. “It’s a whole dynamic on the road, a whole different timing. When you talk about a younger team, it does concern you a bit but I feel like our guys are mature enough to handle it. I feel like we’ll be ready to play on Friday.”

Germantown 10, Vicksburg 0

Benjamin Bell went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Connor Carter drove in three runs as Germantown (10-2, 3-0 Division 4-5A) scored in every inning on its way to defeating Vicksburg High (2-9, 0-3).

Alfred Barnes had two hits for Vicksburg. The teams will play again Friday at 7 p.m. at Bazinsky Field.

Warren Central 8, Greenville 4

Hank Holdiness tripled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning, and Warren Central (11-4, 3-0 Division 4-6A) tacked on three more in the inning to beat a stubborn Greenville (3-10-1, 0-3) squad on Tuesday.

Vantrel Reed went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for the Vikings. He hit a two-run triple in the 10th inning to help blow it open, and also had and RBI single in the first inning.

Alan Kivett scored three runs and D.J. Lewis two for the Vikings, who won their fifth consecutive game and for the ninth time in 10 games. They’ll host Greenville Friday at 7 p.m. in the second half of a home-and-home series.

Cameron Reed hit an RBI double for Greenville in the second inning, when the Hornets scored all of their runs.

Warren Central committed six errors in the game.

Warren Central has won seven games in a row against Greenville, and 15 of the past 16. Tuesday’s game was the closest in the series since a 9-6 Greenville win in 2015.