Five innings of pitcher-dominated baseball gave way to two slugfest frames by visiting Black Hills on Thursday afternoon at Aberdeen’s Ken Waite Field.
Aberdeen’s Deon Schlesser and Black Hills’ Taylor Parr engaged in a pitcher’s duel for the opening five innings of this Evergreen 2A contest. After that, the Wolves found their hitting stroke against Schlesser and the Bobcat relievers to turn a one-run game into a comfortable 9-2 victory.
Parr went six innings, gave up just three hits and no earned runs, striking out seven for the visitors. Schlesser held Black Hills to just two hits in those first five innings, but got the loss after a three-run sixth inning.
“Five innings, Deon settled in and pitched really well,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber. “We just didn’t take advantage of the chances we had. Deon threw a great game. We just haven’t gotten any breaks at all and we haven’t created any.”
If Schlesser was able to find a way out of a two-run first inning — a two-out, two-run double by Black Hills’ Milo Aimes — for Aberdeen, he would have held a 1-0 lead after five. The Wolves’ two hits came in the first and they never threatened until the sixth inning.
Parr made those two runs stand up by limiting the Bobcats to just one threat in the game, a two-out, one-run rally in the third inning.
Tyler Ames got a single up the middle and went to second on a fielding error during Schlesser’s at-bat for two men on. Erikk Machowek drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Following a conference on the mound by the Wolves, Ames scored on a passed ball that hit the backstop and gave Black Hills catcher Ryan Jones a diving chance for the out.
Parr escaped with the 2-1 lead on a strikeout and was never threatened again. Aberdeen (1-7, 1-8) scored one run in the seventh inning off reliever Jones, an RBI single by Grant Bowley.
“We just have to take advantage of our chances at the plate, become better hitters,” Schreiber said.
In the Black Hills’ sixth inning, four singles and a no-out fielder’s choice/fielding error ushered Schlesser to the outfield for reliever Grant Larson. The Wolves plated three runs, then pushed across four more against Larson and C.J. Oldham by sending 10 batters to the plate.
Aimes finished with three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI to lead Black Hills.
The teams meet again today, at Black Hills.
Black Hills 200 003 4 — 9 10 2
Aberdeen 001 000 1 — 2 5 2
Parr, Jones (7) and Jones, Aimes (7); Schlesser, Larson (6), Oldham (7) and Bowley.
RBI: Black Hills — Quartaro, Aimes 4, Coates, Warner, Medina. Aberdeen — Bowley. Three hits: Black Hills — Aimes. Doubles: Black Hills — Aimes.
Winning pitcher — Parr (seven strikeouts, three walks). Losing pitcher — Schlesser (four strikeouts, three walks).