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BASEBALL: Parkway Christian bombs Inter-City (PHOTO)

Inter-City's Evan Kraatz had an unusually rough day on the mound in a 13-1 loss to Parkway Christian. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski

Early-season struggles continued for the Inter-City Baptist baseball team on Thursday as the team was crushed 13-1 at home by league foe Parkway Christian.

With four runs allowed in the first inning, and six in the third, the Chargers (1-5, 1-5) were set up for what would be a five-inning mercy at the hands of the Eagles (3-5, 2-1).

Inter-City managed only four hits in the game, while Parkway finished with 13, including two homeruns.

From the first pitch, things looked ugly for the Chargers as the Eagles’ Derek Dudek drilled a double off of off starting pitcher Evan Kraatz.

Two batters later, the Eagles’ Nick Halaas drove in Dudek with a single, giving his team an early 1-0 advantage.

Later in the inning, with two runners aboard, Riley McManus drilled an offering from Kraatz over the leftfield fence, putting Parkway up 4-0.

McManus, who is a freshman, also pitched for Parkway and went the distance in the victory, striking out nine batters and allowing only two walks.

In the third inning, the Eagles took advantage of four hits, three walks and two hit batters and grabbed a commanding 11-0 lead.

For Kraatz, who is a three-sport, standout athlete, his costly problems on the mound were uncharacteristic, as he had been effective in previous appearances this season.

“It all started off on my pitching,” Kraatz said of Thursday’s lopsided defeat. “It just wasn’t my day, I guess. I just struggled a lot today.”

Parkway added to its big lead in the fifth inning with a solo homerun from Dudek and RBI hits from Cole Kasperowicz and Austin Fuller.

With a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Inter-City was able to avoid a shutout. The run came courtesy of a balk that allowed the Chargers’ Nate Packwood to score from third base. Kraatz and Noah Seacrist had reached base, as well, but were left stranded and the team walk off its field with a 13-1 mercy defeat.

Inter-City coach Bob Radu said his squad came out flat on Thursday, which kept them from being competitive against a tough team like Parkway.

“For some reason the demeanor of us was that we just weren’t ready to play tonight and that was the bottom line,” Radu said.

Up next for the Chargers is a non-league doubleheader on Saturday at home against Dearborn Heights Annapolis. The Eagles are scheduled to play a league doubleheader next Thursday against Lutheran Northwest.

Last Updated: 5/2/2013 10:49:47 PM EST

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