Baseball: Brock takes Game 1 against Paradise

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Play at the Plate

PLAY AT THE PLATE – Brock’s Tanner Patino slides under Jace Essig’s tag in Game 1 Thursday. Patino scored on a sacrifice fly. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Paradise starter Parker Cook kept the second-ranked Brock Eagles’ bats in check most of the night Thursday.

Cook allowed only four hits by the District 7-3A champions. But two of those hits within a span of three batters in the third inning were ringing doubles into the left-field corner. Cole Lightfoot’s two-run two-bagger proved to be the difference in Brock’s 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the 3A Region I bi-district series at Weatherford College.

“I left a couple of pitches up and over the plate and didn’t hit my spots,” Cook said.

Strong Outing

STRONG OUTING – Paradise’s Parker Cook pitches in a playoff game against Brock. Cook allowed only four hits in the Panthers’ 3-1 Game 1 loss. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Paradise tried to bounce back and keep its season alive Friday. Mikey Passariello got the start on the mound for the Panthers. A decisive Game 3 would have immediately followed, if Paradise won Game 2.

“We’re going to come back, play our best and see how it goes,” Cook said.

The two doubles off Cook were about the only two pitches that got away from him over six innings. Cook struck out three, walked one and hit two batters. He didn’t allow a runner past second over his final three innings.

The Panthers out-hit Brock 5-4, but couldn’t come up with the timely hit. Paradise led off three innings with baserunners and only capitalized once.

“We just couldn’t get the timely hit,” Cook said.

Down by two runs, the Panthers got the first two runners aboard in the top of the fifth, with Blaine Gibson reaching on an error and Cade Goodman singling to right. Brock starter Cooper Allen was able to get a fielder’s choice and a pair of strikeouts against the top of the order to end the Panthers’ final threat.

“That was a big situation. We’ve got to execute and move the runners,” said Paradise coach Nick Pike. “We’ve got to play better situationally.”

Allen allowed one unearned run on five hits in five and two-thirds. He struck out six. Cooper Nolan got the final four outs to earn the save for Brock.

Mitchell Sellers scored the Panthers’ lone run, rumbling around from first on a single down the left-field line by Cook in the fourth.

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