False MI Prep Zone: Inter-City falls twice to Parkway Christian PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO
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Inter-City falls twice to Parkway Christian PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • Phil Lapinski (34) and the Parkway Eagles beat Anthony Saenz and the Inter-City Baptist Chargers in both games of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski

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A rainout earlier this week set up a Friday afternoon doubleheader in Allen Park between Inter-City Baptist and Parkway Christian.

The home field advantage didn’t help the Chargers (8-5, 5-5), as they fell 7-0 in the first game and in the nightcap let a four-run lead slip away late and lost 7-6 to the visiting Eagles (19-5, 7-1), who clinched the Michigan Independent Athletic Association Red Division title.

In the second contest, with the Chargers acting as visitors, Evan Kraatz scored on a first-inning fielder’s choice hit by Barber to make 1-0 and in the fourth Joshua Estell singled to score Garrett Kraatz.

To cut the deficit to one, Parkway’s Randy Kohn scored in the fourth and in the fifth Phil Lapinski blasted a solo homerun to tie it.

With the score still 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Barber hit a bases-loaded single that plated three runs, as Jon Goering scored from third and an error on the throw home to get Travis Myles allowed him and Evan Kraatz to score. Fressel then followed with a double to score Barber, which made it a 6-2 game.

In the bottom half of the inning, Barber suddenly struggled on the mound and the Eagles took advantage.

Ryan Stewart, Riley McManus and Nick Halas all reached base and all scored, courtesy of four total walks and two hits and suddenly made it a 6-5 game.

“I just told them, when we came in the seventh inning, just hit the reset button and let’s make something happen,” said Parkway Coach Rich Koch. Let’s get some base runners.”

A two-out error allowed Austin Fuller to score the tying run and to cap off the comeback Stewart was hit by new pitcher Garrett Kraatz and Kohn came in to score.

While Barber was having a tough time in the seventh, and was showing signs of fatigue, Radu said he hoped to see his ace escape the jam and finish off the complete-game win.

To kick off the day, Parkway was up 4-0 after the first two innings and added one in the fourth and two in the fifth. For the game, eight different Eagles had a hit, as McManus knocked in three RBIs, Halas finished with two RBIs and Stewart had one. Dudek also had a hit and scored three runs.

On the mound, McManus threw scoreless six innings, struck out nine batters and allowed only five hits, while Halas pitched the seventh and preserved the shutout. Inter-City’s hits belong to Evan Kraatz (2) Barber, Estell and Fressel.

Next up for the Chargers is a doubleheader at Flat Rock tomorrow, while the Eagles will welcome in Armada for a doubleheader.

Last Updated: 5/17/2014 2:57:27 AM EST