The top-seeded Park View High School varsity baseball team, the Tri-Rivers District regular season champions, scored two runs early and held off second-seeded Southampton HS 2-1 in the district tournament title game on Thursday afternoon at Dragon Field.
The victory improved Park View to 20-1 on the season.
The Dragons, the No. 1 seed for the Class 3, Region A tournament will play host to No. 8 seed Lakeland HS on Wednesday at Dragon Field. With a win, Park View would play host to a regional semifinal contest at home on Friday with a state tournament berth on the line.
Park View Coach Michael Barmoy said his team did not hit the way he had hoped against the Indians but did what they needed to do to get the victory.
“We are going to have to hit better (in the regionals),” said Barmoy. “We had a week off and it does make a difference when you are not playing every couple of days. We just hit too may fly balls today. The first inning we had a chance to put a couple of runs on their board but their third baseman made a nice defensive play.”
Mason Mills got the start on the mound for Park View and retired the side in order in the top of the first.
The Dragons went to work in the bottom of the inning as leadoff batter Justin Clary reached on an error and Jarrett Hamby followed with a single. Cameron Sheets drew a walk to load the bases and Jaison Dugger followed with a hard hit ball to the Southampton third baseman who fired home to get the lead runner for the first out.
Brandon Rolfe followed with a fielder’s choice to score a run, but Southampton was able to turn a double play to get out of the jam and hold the Dragons to only one run.
The Indians led off with a single in the top of the second, but the Park View defense got a flyout and then turned a double play to get out of the jam.
Jefferson Barmoy reached on an error in the bottom of the second, but the Southampton defense turned a double play to end the scoring threat.
Park View added its second run in the third inning when Hamby walked and scored on an RBI double by Sheets for a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons loaded the bases in the fifth inning when Clary singled and Hamby and Dugger walked, but Southampton got a flyout for the third out of the inning.
The Indians scored their only run in the top of the seventh on a single, a double, and an error.
Park View pitcher Justyn Hudson left the tying run stranded for Southampton, getting an infield fly and a strikeout to preserve the victory.
Hudson earned the save, throwing four innings and allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Mills pitched the first three innings for Park View and allowed only one hit to earn the win.
Hamby went 1 for 1 with two walks and two runs scored, while Sheets added a hit and an RBI and Clary added one hit.