Flynn hurls two-hit shutout vs. Easton
Junior Alex Flynn threw a complete game, two-hit shutout, striking out six and walking none to help Parkland (15-2 overall, 10-1 LVC) win its sixth straight game, and seventh straight conference game since a 1-0 setback at Coca Cola Park to Whitehall on April 13.
The Trojans used the arm of Flynn to grin and bear a 4-0 win at Easton last Friday afternoon.
The offense had just six hits, but four runs were plenty with the way Flynn pitched.
"I definitely used my curveball a lot today," Flynn said. "That was out there working well for me. I felt like my fastball had a lot of run on it too."
His batterymate, senior catcher Damin Muth, agreed.
"Everything was working for him," said Muth. "He was hitting his spots with the fastball, and it had some movement on it. His curveball, he could locate it every time. So that really helped him."
Muth went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a double. The big hit for the Trojans came in the top of the second inning.
After Tyler Graeff led off with a single and Chris Rabasco walked, Zak Merkle sacrificed the two to second and third. Then number seven hitter, Justin Afflerbach ripped a base hit to left center that brought home Graeff and Rabasco.
"We've been hitting the ball well the last couple of games," said Muth. "It's a group thing. I'm getting on base and guys are hitting me home. I didn't have any RBI's today, but other people are producing. It's a team effort."
Bases on balls also helped the Trojans, as Red Rovers pitchers walked nine batters.
A walk to Rabasco to lead off the top of the fourth was followed by a single from Merkle to put two runners on with no outs. Afflerbach laid down a bunt to advance the runners up a base, then Jordan Jones followed with an RBI groundout to the second baseman for the third Trojans run.
Parkland would add a fourth in the sixth inning. A two out walk to Brad Vasilik brought up Flynn, who helped out his own cause by bringing Vasilik around to score with a two out double.
Flynn finished off his game getting three quick outs in the seventh, ending it with a strikeout.
"We've just been hitting the ball well and really gelling," added Flynn. "I just can't wait for playoffs now."
Parkland will play four more games (three in the LVC) with the finale on Thursday a rematch against Whitehall, the only team so far to defeat the Trojans in the conference.