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Parkway Christian beats USA, advances to state semifinals PHOTO GALLERY

  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)
  • Parkway Christian defeated Unionville-Sebewaing 10-1 in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton on June 14, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)

Banks pitches complete game, starts pair of four-run rallies

BRIGHTON >> Pierce Banks was in his element.

The Parkway Christian senior right-hander struck out 10, and Riley McManus hit a home run to lead the fast-starting Eagles to a 10-1 victory over Unionville-Sebewaing in a state Division 4 quarterfinal baseball game at Brighton High on Tuesday.

Banks, who pitched all seven innings, started four-run rallies with leadoff singles in the first and second innings as the Eagles jumped to an 8-0 lead against Greater Thumb Conference - West champion USA.

“I live for these kind of moments,” Adrian College recruit Banks said after the Eagles raised their record to 21-11-1 and advanced to a state semifinal game that will be played Friday morning at Michigan State.

“These are once-in-a-lifetime moments,” Banks said. “State quarterfinals, senior year. Having (the game) under control from the first inning was huge.”

Austin Fuller doubled home two runs in the first inning and Montana Essian had a two-run single in the second as the Eagles rocked the Patriots with eight hits and two sacrifice fly balls in the first two innings.

“Offensively, we’re seeing the ball well as a team,” Eagles coach Rich Koch said. “Pierce getting those hits at the top of the order helps, obviously, but we’re swinging the bats well as a team.

“I think the guys are locked in and focused.”

McManus, who injured a knee during football season, hit a home run over the leftfield fence leading off the sixth inning to give the Eagles a 9-1 lead.

“I was sitting on the first pitch,” McManus said. “He threw it right where I wanted it, and I hit it.”

As McManus circled the bases, the Eagles in the dugout sat down and initially ignored the third baseman.

Then the dugout erupted into cheers for McManus as he was mobbed by teammates.

“They wanted to give me the silent treatment,” McManus said with a smile. “We have a lot of fun on this team.

“Now we want to win a couple more games.”

Parkway Christian will play Centreville at 9 a.m. Friday.

Centreville, ranked No. 1 in the final regular-season poll by the state coaches association, defeated Concord 4-3 in nine innings in a quarterfinal game.

Parkway Christian will be looking for its second state-finals berth.

The Eagles lost to Beal City in the 2009 Division 4 championship game.

Banks struck out two in the first inning, and then he slapped a single to centerfield leading off the bottom of the first against USA left-hander Aaron Saenz.

After Andrew Manier bunted Banks to second, McManus hit a double that scored Banks before Essian walked.

Fuller then hit a two-run double to left for a 3-0 lead, and Fuller eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Jacob Bambrick.

Banks struck out another batter in the top of the second, and in the bottom of the frame he hit another leadoff single to center.

Manier singled, and then he and Banks executed a double steal, and both scored on Essian’s one-out single.

Fuller doubled home Essian, and Fuller later scored on a sacrifice fly to give Parkway Christian an 8-0 lead.

USA (25-11) scored in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Grant Gremel.

Last Updated: 6/14/2016 9:19:34 PM EST