FORSAN — The number 13 was lucky for the Buffaloes’ 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 Buffaloes’ 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 pitchers’ 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 Cervantes’ 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 T’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.
“Payton (Parker) pitched really well,” he said. “He 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,” Phillips said.
Parker himself was humble about his career performance thus far.
“I was hitting my spots,” he simply said.
Forsan will travel to Colorado City Friday for its next district match up. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.