Parkview Baptist and Iowa have a baseball playoff history, and the Eagles are hoping for better results than they had in the regional round in 2007.
Parkview traveled to Iowa and dropped a 2-1 regional game in 2007.
Iowa went on to win the Class 3A state title. Parkview beat Iowa 6-2 on the road in 2013 in the quarterfinal round on the way to winning the Class 3A title.
No. 9 Iowa (23-8) plays at No. 8 Parkview Baptist (21-12) at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“Iowa is always well coached,” Parkview coach Darron Mitchell said. “It should be a good game.”
In the other Wednesday game at 4:30 p.m., No. 6 Haynes Academy (20-6) is at No. 22 Runnels (17-11). Runnels defeated No. 11 Doyle 5-1 in the bidistrict round after dropping two of three games in District 7-2A play to the Tigers.
“That was a really big win for us,” Runnels coach Tookie Johnson said. “Being the No. 22 seed we’re fortunate to be in the second round, and we’re enjoying it. Our offense is starting to come around.”
Parkview will send Adam Tarver (5-0, four saves, 1.35 ERA) to the mound. Senior first baseman Austin Taylor (.390), senior second baseman Chris Dupont and sophomore centerfielder Price Fletcher are leading hitters for the Eagles.
Johnson said senior Riggs March (4-2, 2.38 ERA) or juniors Hunter Amadee (7-2, 2.81 ERA) or Josh Sparks (3-5, 1.75 ERA) would start at pitcher.
“Playing good defense behind our pitcher will be key,” Johnson said. “We’ve gotten good play up the middle all season.”
Sophomore shortstop Johnny Johnson (.347, 26 RBIs), senior catcher Bobby Johnson (.375, 22 RBIs) and sophomore centerfielder Hampton Hudson (.357) have anchored the defense and are among six players batting over .300.
“The biggest improvement we’ve made since last year is our hitting throughout the lineup,” Johnson said. “Plus, we have six players with at least one homer.”