The pro-Parkston crowd at Cadwell Park stayed real quiet on Friday.
That's because Harrisburg pitcher Aaron LaBrie kept the Parkston Mudcats off the scoreboard for the first seven innings as the Woodies built up a 9-0 lead.
Parkston finally mustered some offense in the top of the eighth inning, scoring three runs on just one hit -- a Will Lutjen two-run home run. Parkston’s other run scored on a wild pitch, but the Woodies still cruised into the second round with a 9-3 win at the Class B South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
"We aren't going to win many games with four hits," said Parkston manager Dave Roth, who added it's been eight years since his team has failed to make it out of the first round at state. "This is something new for us to not win a couple games here, but that's the way it goes."
LaBrie, a former Sioux Falls Washington standout and Wichita State alum, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with 15 strikeouts and two walks in nine innings pitched.
"I just mixed my pitches up," said LaBrie, who tossed 90 strikes out of 130 total pitches. "I was just jumping ahead early. They're a good team so you have to attack them. Any time you fall behind in a count, you know they're going to hit something hard."
In a game that appeared to be shaping up like a pitcher's duel, Harrisburg was able to strike first in the bottom of the third inning. Brody Kunzmann hit a bloop RBI single to score courtesy runner Matt Heimes from third base and give the Woodies an early 1-0 lead.
The Woodies (17-5) tacked onto their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four more runs highlighted by a leadoff triple by J.T. Miller and a two-RBI single by LaBrie.
"He just kept us off-balanced all game and give him credit, he's a pretty good pitcher," Roth said about LaBrie.
While continuing to keep the Mudcats off the base paths, LaBrie aided his own cause again when he smacked a three-run home run over the left-field fence to put Harrisburg up 9-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Brady Nolz, the 2015 tournament MVP, was tagged for the loss for the Mudcats, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits with five strikeouts and one walk in seven innings pitched.
"We had a feeling it was going to be a pretty close game. Everybody knows who Brady Nolz is," Labrie said. "When the tournament comes around, he's a different animal so we knew runs would be hard to come by."
LaBrie finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while Ryan Menssen, Dalton Allen, Drew Andela and Kunzmann each had two hits.
For Parkston (21-11), Sterling Kinneberg had two hits, including a double, while Jeff Harris added one hit. Jake Weber pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
Harrisburg advances to face either Tabor or Beresford in the second round at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
"We're a good team, we're young and we have a lot of college players," LaBrie said. "We think we have a chance to go far."
NOTES: The game started five minutes late because some of the Harrisburg players were delayed by a crash in Sioux Falls. No players were involved in the crash.
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WP: Aaron LaBrie. LP: Brady Nolz. Pitchers: P: Brady Nolz and Jake Weber. Doubles: P: Sterling Kinneberg. Triples: H: J.T. Miller. Home runs: H: Aaron LaBrie.