Baseball: Parker throws gem in shutout

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ARGYLE — Things were not going well for Liberty Christian senior pitcher Jordan Parker by the time Addison Trinity Christian sent its fourth batter to the plate Tuesday night.

Parker struggled with his command, hit two batters and had the bases loaded in the TAPPS District 1-5A game at Liberty’s Lovelace Stadium. From that point on, Parker was perfect.

Parker retired the final 21 batters he faced and allowed one hit in Liberty’s 6-0 win over the Trojans.

“Sometimes it just takes Jordan a little while to get used to the mound, get used to the conditions,” Liberty coach Johnny Isom said. “Once he settles in, he really goes to work.”

TCA’s Alex Stiegler had its only hit. After Parker opened the game by hitting the first two batters, the third batter in the Trojans’ lineup bunted the ball a few feet toward right field. Parker fielded the bunt, opted to not throw to first and instead looked toward third to throw out the lead runner.

But Parker never made the throw, and since he never made a physical attempt to get the runner out a third, the bunt counted as a single. Had Parker (5-2) made a throw to third base, it would have been recorded a fielder’s choice and Parker would have been given a no-hitter.

The Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College signee struck out 12 of the final 21 batters he faced.

Parker said he wasn’t able to properly locate his pitches at the outset of the game, but he was unhittable once he recorded the first out. The Trojans (11-20, 4-3 district) left the bases loaded in the first and didn’t have another runner reach base the rest of the night.

“I didn’t miss much with my fastball tonight,” Parker said.

Liberty center fielder Hunter Griffith had two RBIs and a double. Senior Connor McMann, who has signed with West Virginia, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Liberty (14-15, 5-2) took advantage of four errors by the Trojans. The Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to give Parker a little extra run support going into the final inning.

Parker struck out the side to close out the game and keep the Warriors at least in second place in the district standings, one spot behind Dallas Bishop Lynch.

By the end of the night, Parker was wishing he had made the throw to first base in the first inning. But Parker’s performance helped Liberty pick up a crucial district win at home.

“He had it all going today,” Isom said. “He threw against Denton Ryan and threw really well. He matched that. Obviously a district game is a little bit bigger game, so to see him come through like he did today was pretty awesome.”

BEN BABY can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter @Ben_Baby.

Liberty Christian 6, Addison Trinity Christian 0

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WP — Jordan Parker (5-2). LP — Jack Denzer. 2B — L: Luke Chavez, Benn Hawkins, Hunter Griffith. Records — TCA (11-20, 4-3), Liberty (14-15, 5-2).


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