Monarchs Blue squared off against Black Swamp on Tuesday and witnessed a stellar performance from pitcher Dan Parson as he recorded 18 of the game’s 21 outs via strikeout. Parson was a little unlucky in the first as a pair of groundball singles, which just squeezed through the gaps, turned into two earned runs and an early deficit for the Monarchs- despite Parson’s 3 K inning. After the first inning, Parson never looked back. He proceeded to put up zero’s the rest of the way out while recording two or three strikeouts in every inning. One by one Parson sent the opposing batters back to the dugout en route to a superb, Complete Game performance.

After falling behind in the first, the Monarchs struck back in ‘small ball’ style as Michael Dushane singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tad Margolies then recorded an RBI ground out to cut the deficit to one. The Monarchs struggled after that to hit with runners in scoring position. Over the next four innings the Monarchs threatened to score, including having the bases loaded in the fifth.

They were unable to bring the runs home though until the sixth, when the Monarchs manufactured four in the inning. After a Tyler Vance single, Kelly Barnes bunted to move the runner into scoring position. The catcher sailed the throw into foul territory allowing Vance to score from first, and Barnes to move all the way to third. Nasri Hajjar knocked in Barnes with an RBI single. Hajjar proceeded to steal second, and moved to third on Dushane’s Sac Fly. Margolies then walked on a wild pitch, and Hajjar came home to give the Monarchs a 4-2 lead, but weren’t finished. Ben Hammer had a broken bat single moving Margolies to third, and Josh White brought him home with another RBI single.

The three run lead was more than enough for Parson to close out the game with another three strikeout inning, and a 5-2 victory.

Monarchs Blue’s next game will be on Thursday against All American.

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