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Parkview stays unbeaten in Region 8-AAAAA

LILBURN -- The Parkview baseball team on Wednesday continued the offensive dominance that has kept it Region 8-AAAAA's only unbeaten team.

This time, the victim was visiting Brookwood, 14-4, in a game shortened to five innings by a 10-run rule.

Three Panthers homered, including leftfielder Austin Wheeler and first baseman Matt Olson, who each belted their fifth of the season. Third baseman Zack Reinstein chipped in his third. In all, the Panthers hammered out 12 hits and sent 10 batters to the plate in the six-run, four-hit fourth inning.

Rightfielder Brandon Kregel, who had a grand slam in Parkview's 6-4 victory Tuesday at Cartersville, touched things off by doubling home the first two runs in the first.

"Once we get that spark, we have guys who can keep the momentum going and do a lot of big things," Kregel said. "Everybody played a role tonight."

Olson, who hit fifth behind Kregel, finished the game 3-for-3 with the homer, two singles and four RBIs. He agreed with Kregel that Parkview is brimming with confidence at an important time.

"Last year, we didn't have this much confidence because we started out a little slower," Olson said. "We've got a lot of confidence in everything we're doing, all the way through the lineup -- one through nine."

The victory propelled the Panthers (14-2, 4-0) into Friday's home region game against South Gwinnett on a six-game win streak, which pleases Panthers coach Chan Brown. He said his Panthers are playing confidently and coming together mid way through the season and in the second week of region play.

"We've got a huge team aspect going right now," the sixth-year coach said. "We're believing in ourselves. This group of guys has become real tight knit and a lot of fun to watch."

The Panthers hurt the Broncos (6-8, 2-2) most in the fourth, when they stretched an 8-3 lead to 14-3 and signaled an early finish when Brookwood failed to score at least twice in the fifth. The highlights in that inning were Olson's two-run single to right for a 12-3 lead and center fielder Menelik Vereen's RBI triple for a 13-3 advantage.

Even Panthers pitcher Jesse Foster chipped in offensively, singling twice while upping his pitching record to 6-1.

Led by losing pitcher Lucas Sims' base hit and two RBIs, the Broncos came from 3-0 down after an inning to within 3-2, but no closer. Designated hitter Michael Gouge singled home first baseman Chad Ikerd to make it 3-1, before center fielder Trey Martin scored on Sims' lineout to center.

"At times, we've hit well, thrown well or played defense well, but we haven't done all three at the same time," Broncos coach Rick Howard said.