LAWRENCEVILLE — Having lost four of its last six games, Parkview came into Saturday’s game against Dunwoody looking to get back on track.
It didn’t take long for the Panthers to do so. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first, en route to a 10-0, five-inning win at Coolray Field.
The Panthers (5-5) also got five innings of one-hit ball from pitcher Matt Olson, as the Wildcats were never able to mount anything offensively.
“This was a confidence game for him,” said Parkview head coach Chan Brown of his pitcher. “He’s been struggling a bit lately. He had his fastball located well and it gave him success.”
After setting down the side in the first inning, the Panther got things going in the bottom half of the inning. Josh Hart doubled down the right-field line and took third on a wild pitch. Two pitches later, Edwin Arias hit an RBI ground out, and Parkview was up 1-0.
Olson walked next, with Marquis Webb coming on as a special pinch-runner. Jeff Ronpirin’s single up the middle, followed by a double steal put runners on second and third with one out. Ryan Blanton then came up and brought both runners home with another single up the middle. Blanton later scored on an A.J. Davis RBI sacrifice fly giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
The second inning saw the Panthers have more success as Hart and Arias each reached on singles, with both scoring on Ronpirin’s two-run triple into the gap between right and center field.Ronpirin then scored on Blanton’s single to center field, and the Panthers were up 7-0.
With two outs in the third inning, the Panthers went to work again. Travis Naraine tripled to left and scored on a Hart RBI single to center. Arias singled next to put runners on first and second with Olson knocking the Panthers’ third triple of the game, scoring Hart and Arias, giving the Panthers a 10-0 lead.
Dunwoody (6-3) got a hit from James Cunningham to open the fourth, but Wes Bancroft hit into a double play to end any hopes of scoring for the Tigers.
The fifth was much of the same as Olson struck out the first hitter, before inducing a ground out and line out to end the game.
“We’re playing decent baseball right now,” Brown said. “The main thing is, we’re 0-0 right now with region play starting Monday.”
Parkview opens its 8-AAAAA schedule at Dacula having won 24 of its last 28 region games.