If you didn’t get your scoring done in the first inning, it was a while before you got another chance at it.
Washington (10-16) and Parkway South (13-16) exchanged one run apiece in the first inning and remained tied until the Patriots scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win Saturday’s Class 5 District 3 quarterfinal contest at Eureka, 3-1.
Jake Jinkerson pitched all six innings for the Blue Jays and needed just 66 pitches to get that deep into the game. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
“I can’t say enough about the way Jinkerson went out there and (threw),” Washington Head Coach Scott Bray said. “I just found out he threw 66 pitches, which is phenomenal for a six-inning ball game. ...We were going to ride him for as long as we possibly could.”
Both teams had four hits on the day and committed one error.
“Our kids went out and played well,” Bray said. “Jake threw us a (heck) of a ball game and for the most part we put the ball in play. Obviously, their pitcher’s pretty good too. We took advantage right off the bat of an error that they made and then we turn around and give it right back to them in the first inning and it’s a heck of a game. It’s what you ask for out of your kids.”
Maguire Landwehr, 2-3, had half of the Washington hits with a double and a single.
Logan Gratza and Kaden Bollmann had one hit apiece.
Joe Hackmann and Joe Bauer both reached on a walk.
Hackmann was also hit by a pitch.
The Jays got their run after Tommy Ruether reached on an error in the first at bat of the game.
Zach Harms then bunted Ruether over the second and Gratza drove him in with a two-out single.
Parkway South mirrored the Jays in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Conrad Hansel reached on an error.
Hansel then moved up to second on a ground ball for the first out and scored on a single up the middle by Evan Martin.
Washington only got one runner into scoring position the rest of the game against Parkway South lefty Josh Hoffman.
Hoffman pitched 6.1 innings and struck out six with two walks.
The Patriots made sure Hoffman got the win with two runs in the sixth.
After Jinkerson got the leadoff hitter Hansel to fly out to right, Alexander Reed was hit by a pitch.
Martin then singled on a grounder through the infield and Reed went from first to third as Martin advanced to second on the throw.
An intentional walk loaded the bases for Andrew Berndt, who flew out to left field, allowing Reed to tag up and score the go-ahead run.
Christian Dacus then drove in the insurance run on a ground ball to Bollmann at second as it was ruled Hackmann’s foot was off the bag at first on the play.
Dacus was then caught stealing to end the inning.
After Hoffman got the first out in the seventh and issued a walk to Hackmann, Andrew Hansel recorded the final two outs on a pair of ground balls for the save.
The loss ended the season for the sixth-seeded Blue Jays while Parkway South advanced to Marquette to play the No. 2 Mustangs in the district semifinals Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.