By Dylan Montz, The Gazette
VINTON — Vinton-Shellsburg Coach Bari Parrott believed scoring five or six would push his team to a win over Marion on Thursday night in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.
He “never” expected his team to score 13 runs.
But that’s what the Vikettes (23-15) did against the Indians (12-26), winning 13-0.
That’s not to say Parrott hasn’t seen the potential to win a game by a large margin.
“In the last two weeks we’ve beaten Center Point-Urbana, Monticello, Lisbon and we beat Benton the other night, which are four rated teams,” Parrott said. “We’ve started to play better. You never expect to beat anybody 13-0, but I expected to come in here and win.”
Vinton-Shellsburg jumped out to a 4-0 after the first inning, all started by sophomore Sydney Robertson’s single up the middle on the second pitch of the game. In the second inning, the Vikettes’ Ashley McKenna blew open her team’s lead with a three-run home run to left field, bringing the score to 7-0.
All McKenna wanted to do was put the ball in play, and didn’t necessarily think of going for a homer when she went up to the plate.
“I didn’t think it was going out,” McKenna said. “I thought it was going to hit the fence until I heard our first base coach say something. I was just really trying to hit people in and get the score up more, but it was nice to hit a home run.”
For the Indians, the message after the game was “to be prepared to play every day.” Marion Coach Kim Knapp felt the team was flat from the first pitch on.
“Having a season like we’re having, it’s hard. It’s been hard on them,” Knapp said. “They’re thinkers and they like to over analyze. They just need to learn to just to play and have fun. It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll go to work this winter and come back next summer.”
Vinton-Shellsburg will take on Benton Community (31-5) on Saturday.