Joey Parsons is a sometime starter for the Pitman High baseball team, one who has to be ready to play at all times.
The Pride has had injury issues lately, so Parsons has seen time all over the field. He delivered the biggest hit Tuesday in the Pride's game against Hughson in the 39th annual Dick Windemuth Tournament.
Parsons lined a two-run single past third base in the sixth inning to give Pitman the lead in an eventual 6-2 victory over the Huskies at Downey High School.
The victory means Pitman finished pool play at 3-0, but the Pride still may not advance to Thursday's championship game. Ceres beat Hughson 13-0 in the nightcap, meaning the Bulldogs are 2-0 with a game against Downey at 3 p.m. today. Should Ceres score five runs or more and defeat the Knights, then it would be the Bulldogs in Thursday's championship game.
Waiting for one of these teams will be Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo, which finished 2-0-1 in the other pool. Thursday's championship is at Downey at 3 p.m.
Hughson, one of the top contenders in the Trans-Valley League, nearly beat Pitman. Starting pitcher Archie Quay went the distance, holding the Pride lineup to one run through five innings.
"We battled with them. I'm happy with that," Hughson coach Marcel Avila said. "Archie had a nice game, too.
"We may have ended up with the loss, but we got better by playing Pitman. They're one of the best teams in the area."
The Pride showed it in the sixth inning, when Nathan Gonzalez singled and Tyler Carr and Randy Sanders drew walks to load the bases. Parsons hit a shot down the third-base line, past the drawn-in infield, for a 3-2 lead.
"You just always have to be ready," said Parsons, who played left field. "And you have to take advantage of your opportunities. (Quay) started out with a curveball and came in with a fastball. I was waiting for it."
Tyler Harris later hit another two-run single for the final margin.
"We were just waiting around for somebody to clutch up," Pitman coach Mick Tate said. "This time, it was Joey. We've had a couple of guys sitting out with some injuries, and he's taking advantage."
PITMAN 14, DOWNEY 6 -- Ian Fregosi drove in five runs and Austin Keaton scored three runs as the Pride rolled past the Knights (0-11-2). Pitman scored all 14 of its runs in the first five innings.
Hunter Schlander doubled and scored two runs for Downey, which led 3-2 after the first inning.
CERES 13, HUGHSON 0 (5) -- Robert Cope drove in four runs and Jonathan Lopez and Grant Hurst each had three RBIs as the Bulldogs (4-7) improved to 2-0 in the tournament with the victory over the Huskies.
Tyler Cummings and Cope combined on a five-inning no-hitter. The Bulldogs also pounded out 10 hits.
At Davis High
CENTRAL VALLEY 7, REDWOOD CHRISTIAN 7 -- William Mestas singled in the tying run for the Hawks (5-6-1) as they tied Redwood Christian. Greg Guerra and Martin Gomez each drove in two runs for Central Valley.
Redwood Christian, which went 2-0-1 in pool play, advances to Thursday's championship game against either Pitman or Ceres.
REDWOOD CHRISTIAN 1, SIERRA 0 -- Redwood Christian scored an unearned run in the second inning, and it stood in the victory over the Timberwolves. Hank Perusse went the distance for Sierra, striking out four with no walks.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN 1, DAVIS 0 -- Eric Mahaney pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven as the Crusaders (2-7) surprised the Spartans (10-2). Tim McCoy tripled in the top of the sixth for Davis, but Mahaney got out of the inning. Ryan McConnell singled home the only run with two out in the first.
At Modesto High
SONORA 6, MODESTO 4 -- The Wildcats trailed 4-0 after two innings, then scored four unearned runs in the third and two runs in the sixth for the victory.
Dylan Coffin went the distance for Sonora, striking out six. Toby Ridenour hit a home run for Modesto.
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.