Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ahead 3-2 going into the last inning, Vikings can't hold off Rockwood Summit, which gets game-winning hit from football star Eric Beisel.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- College football coaches around the country are chasing after Rockwood Summit High junior Eric Beisel. The 6'4, 230-pounder is considered one of the best linebackers in the state, and ever since his first game his sophomore year, Beisel has been one of the most sought after football recruits in the midwest. But Saturday afternoon, in the MSHSAA Class 4 state championship baseball game at historic Meador Park, Beisel showed he can do more than sack quarterbacks and bring down ballcarriers. And he did so by whacking a high fastball off the right-field wall with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, to cap a spine-tingling comeback that lifted Summit to a 4-3 win over rival Parkway North, claiming for the …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Vikings can't hold onto a 7th inning lead, fall to Rockwood Summit.
Parkway North, playing in the first state baseball championship game in school history Saturday, fell 4-3 against Rockwood Summit, at Meador Park in Springfield. Patch will have a recap of the action later Saturday. The Vikings finish with a 23-10-2 record, and a season of unforgettable memories. Have a photo from the weekend in Springfield, or a highlight from the season you'd like to share? Do it here, or email Gregg.Palermo@patch.com. You can also congratulate the Vikings on a job well done in the comment section below.
Sophomore Joe Hope throws just the 13th no-hitter in MSHSAA baseball Final Four history, in 1-0 Viking victory, that sets up an all-St. Louis championship game on Saturday, against local league rival Rockwood Summit.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- Parkway North baseball coach Fred Friedman has said several times that he has no problem turning the ball over to his two youngest players, sophomore Joe Hope and freshman Joey Reeves, even with the Vikings playing their biggest games of the season. That trust has paid big dividends through the playoffs, as Hope and Reeves have taken turns tossing complete-game victories for North in the district and sectional championship games, as well as last week's state quarterfinals. But on Friday night, Hope made his coach look like a genius, with a performance for the ages, as he tossed a no-hitter to lead Parkway North to a 1-0 win and a trip to Saturday's Class 4 state championship game. Hope struck out seven, walked two, and …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Vikings head out Friday morning for a state semifinal game against Willard (MO), and will go with Sophomore Joey Hope on the mound, leaving a Freshman in reserve to pitch a potential title game Saturday.
Just about every person in this country got the day off on Memorial Day Monday, and most of them spent it lounging around the pool, or possibly enjoying some barbeque in front of the TV, while pausing to remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. But for the members of the Parkway North baseball program, Monday was also a work day, and a tough one thanks to sweltering temperatures. But to a man, the Vikings players and coaches all agree that their 2012 Memorial Day couldn't have been spent any better, as they were preparing for a trip to Springfield this weekend for the State Baseball semifinals. "It's very cool," senior Michael Bozarth, North's starting centerfielder …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Freshman pitcher Joey Reeves threw a complete-game masterpiece to lead the Vikings to state baseball Final Four for first time since 2003.
When he went to bed on the evening of March 30, Parkway North head baseball coach Fred Friedman wasn't sure what the heck was going on with his Vikings. The team had just played its first seven games of the season, and had only won two of them. And in fact, that particular night, North had just lost its fourth straight. It was early in the season still, but Friedman was already concerned about his club. But beginning that next day, things got a whole lot better for the Vikings, who snapped their losing streak with a win over St. Charles on the last day in March, then continued winning in April and May -- all the way through this past week's district and sectional championship games. Thursday though, was North's biggest win of them all, as …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Despite concerns over field conditions, Vikings and Rams combine for 23 hits and 13 runs in entertaining matchup of conference frontrunners.
After another massive downpour hit the area Monday morning, making the original game location at Ladue High School unplayable, it wasn't until late in the afternoon that the Rams and their hopeful gameday opponent, Parkway North, were able to find someplace else suitable to play. And then, even though the field at the former Westminster Christian Academy, now known as Ladue's West Campus looked fantastic, especially considering all the earlier rain, it took more than a half an hour to convince the game umpires that the playing surface was dry enough to play on. But once head coaches Rob Garrett of Ladue and Fred Friedman of Parkway North were able to convince the umps that the field was indeed safe, the Rams and Vikings staged a wildly …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Viking athletes signed letters of intent for scholarships in football, baseball, soccer, gymnastics and diving.
Parkway North students gathered in the high school gym Wednesday morning to celebrate the work of seven classmates who made their college choices official on the first day athletes in several sports could sign their national letters of intent. They honored: Newsom gave Missouri a verbal pledge over the summer. He said there was interest from Nebraska, Indiana, and Arkansas, but ultimately an overriding factor was the ability to stay close to home. He told Patch there was no last-minute push by another school to sway his decision, as is sometimes the case. Suber surged in his senior season when given the opportunity to carry the load at running back for the Vikings when Newsom, the team's starting running back, missed time with injury. …