Johnson’s strong start on mound derailed by one bad inning

February 6, 2019
Parker Johnson baseball

Parker Johnson

Anchorage’s Parker Johnson had a great start in his first college starting pitching appearance for Indiana Wesleyan University.

The sophomore right-hander retired the first seven batters he faced and carried a shutout into the fifth inning.

Unfortunately, he was chased after allowing two runs on a walk, single, sac bunt and triple to start the fifth. His team’s 1-0 lead was gone and so was he after 4.1 innings of work.

Johnson, of South High fame, took the hard-luck loss in a 4-1 setback to Saint Xavier (IL) in Game 2 of the team’s doubleheader in the season-opening NAIA series in Westfield, Indiana.

The Alaskan gave up only two runs and scattered four hits and three walks.

In the third inning, Johnson got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam with a called third strike.

Last season, Indiana Wesleyan finished first among 49 teams in the National Christian College Athletic Association with a team ERA of 2.95.

But Johnson didn’t pitch.

However, he did start 39 of 41 games, mostly in left field, and hit .276 with 19 runs, 18 RBIs and six doubles.