FORSAN â€” The number 13 was lucky for the Buffaloesâ€™ baseball squad Tuesday, as that was the number of Lubbock Roosevelt players that pitcher Payton Parker struck out during a dominating performance from the mound.
Parker kept the Buffaloesâ€™ hopes for a win alive throughout a tight game until his team was able to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, defeating the Eagles 6-2.
The win places Forsan alone in first place in District 3-2A with a 5-0 league mark.
With a 1-1 tie headed into the top of the second, Parker struck out the side, heralding a pitchersâ€™ duel from that point on, with both hurlers consistently finding the strike zone.
In the bottom of the fourth, Forsan took a one-run lead.
Clayton Galloway picked up an RBI, scoring Patrick Robles, who reached base on a walk.
The Eagles answered back in the top of the fifth, after a base hit and a pair of wild pitches from Parker allowed another run, tying the game 2-2.
But Forsan answered back in the bottom of the sixth.
Trevor Burchett led off with a triple, and later scored on a wild pitch, making it a 3-2 ballgame.
Robles hit a grounder up the middle for a single, then Payton Parker hit a chopper he legged out to first.
Marcus Cervantesâ€™ two-out grounder to right field drove home Parker and Robles, giving Forsan a 5-2 lead.
A little more insurance was added after Blaise Coffman drew a walk, and was driven home after Tâ€™oA MauMau singled, bringing the score to 6-2.
Lubbock failed to respond during its last at-bat, and Forsan remained perfect in district play, and now boasts a 5-0 record (10-3 overall).
It was apparent to Forsan Coach Jason Phillips why the Buffaloes were able to edge a tough Roosevelt squad.
â€śPayton (Parker) pitched really well,â€ť he said. â€śHe battled on the mound, and luckily, we came up with the hits in the sixth. If he can pitch like this every game, we will be pretty good,â€ť Phillips said.
Parker himself was humble about his career performance thus far.
â€śI was hitting my spots,â€ť he simply said.
Forsan will travel to Colorado City Friday for its next district match up. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.View more articles in: