Capahas shortstop Parmley makes amends for errors with bat

Sunday, July 10, 2011
Capahas baserunner Kenton Parmley rounds third base before scoring on a double by Blake Slattery during the fifth inning of the first game Saturday at Capaha Field. (Fred Lynch)

Kenton Parmley had an interesting and unusual three-game series against the visiting St. Louis Printers.

Parmley, the Plaza Tire Capahas' shortstop, made five errors during Saturday's doubleheader, including four in the opener.

But Parmley redeemed himself with home runs in the first and third contests, his first two long balls of the summer. Both served as game-winners to help the Capahas take all three matchups.

"They don't really make up for the errors," Parmley said.

Parmley had the Capahas' only home runs in the series that began with Friday night's 3-2 victory. Parmley ended that one in walk-off fashion with a shot leading off the bottom of the 10th inning.

Parmley's homer Saturday wasn't as dramatic, but his two-run, second-inning blast in the nightcap put the Capahas ahead for good at 4-2. They went on to romp 10-3.

Parmley's four-error performance in the first game almost cost the Capahas, who scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to win 5-4.

The Capahas needed that late tally only because of Parmley's seventh-inning two-out, two-run error that allowed the Printers to tie things.

"That was by far the worst game I've ever had in my life," said Parmley, who had five hits and scored five runs while driving in three during the series. "After the first one [error], it stayed with me the rest of the game."

Parmley was able to stomach his performance a bit better because the Capahas wound up winning. He even received some ribbing from teammates.

"We got on him a little bit," Jordan Kimball said. "He takes it real good."

Kimball had the biggest needle. Normally the Capahas' second baseman, he pitched the final two innings of Saturday's opener and appeared headed for a save until Parmley's fourth and final error on a fairly routine ground ball that got past him. Kimball instead received credit for the victory.

"Kenton helped me with the win," Kimball said with a laugh.

More seriously, Kimball emphasized how much of a nice addition Parmley has been to the Capahas this season.

Parmley, already a three-year starter at shortstop for Southeast Missouri State, played last summer for a collegiate team in Chicago. The native of Goreville, Ill., wanted to stay a bit closer to home for his senior season with the Redhawks.

"I just wanted to have a little more relaxed atmosphere before I got into fall ball," said Parmley, among the Ohio Valley Conference's premier shortstops. "I love this. It's a lot of fun."

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