Parkside splits their HPSAC tournament play, Central wins bracket two title

SALLISBURY, Md.-  In their first game of the Henry S. Parker tournament, Parkside defeated Sussex Central for the first time in five years 2-1 in eight innings. In the last game of the night, the Rams fell to Cambridge 5-3. Due to the “round robin” style bracket, Sussex Central took home the bracket championship after they defeated the Vikings in game one 11-1.

Parkside Defeats Sussex Central 2-1:

Coming off of an 11-1 win over Cambridge, the Golden Knights looked to carry that momentum into game two against Parkside.

The Knights would get on the board first in the second behind a Logan Hellens double bringing home Jordan Banning. In the bottom of the inning, the Rams would tie things up. After Trevor Owens got picked off at second, Brady Bailey would steal home from third beating the throw.

After five scoreless innings, we would head to extras and in the bottom of the eighth the Rams would get another big play from Bailey. With the bases loaded the sophomore knocked a sac fly to deep right field scoring Kade Johnson from third for the game winning run. Parkside gets their first win over Sussex Central in their last five meetings.

Cambridge Avenges First Round Loss, Beat Rams 5-3

In the third and final game of the bracket, the Rams took on Cambridge. Coming off of that rough 11-1 loss to Central, the Vikings wanted to come back strong vs Parkside.

After two scoreless innings the CSD would wake up in the third, rattling off five runs in the top of the inning. That run started off with a 2-RBI double from Shamar Young and then Young would be brought home by Logan Middleton on an RBI single up the middle.

The Rams would get on the board in the fourth on a pass ball bringing home Brady Smith from third but would not score another run until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Parkside would put up two more runs but it just wasn’t enough as they fall to the Vikings 5-3.

Sussex Central took home the bracket championship with each team in the bracket finishing with a 1-1 record. The Knights won on run differential as they beat Cambridge by ten runs in game one.

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