On Tuesday, Justin Perkins cracked a two-run homer and Ryan Perkins broke loose for four hits to power Howell to a 10-5 victory over Summit in a Midwest Classic Tournament Pool A game at Francis Howell.
“I think we played great except for letting them come back a little at the end but Mason (King) wanted to finish the game and they (Summit) came back a little bit on us then,” Francis Howell coach Tony Perkins said.
Howell (5-1) got another solid pitching performance on the hill as senior lefty Mason King went six and two thirds innings before giving way to Will Whiteman in the seventh.
King moved the ball well in and out of the strike zone and gave up just one run before Summit got to him in the seventh.
Ryan Perkins had a huge day at the plate going 4 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Chase Beiter and Ryan Grantham each got two hits as the Vikings banged out 12 hits on the day.
In the first, Howell got rolling with three runs scored off a single, two throwing errors, and a wild-pitch.
Then in the bottom of the second, Justin Perkins pounded a two-run bomb over the left field fence for a 5-0 lead.
“The wind was not blowing out a lot today but he hit it well and the wind got just enough of it and it got out so we will definitely take those when we get them,” Perkins said.
Summit (1-3) got a run back in the third but Howell broke it open in the home half of the fifth with a five-run outburst that made it 10-1.
The Falcons trimmed the lead down to 10-5 with four runs in the top of the seventh to chase King but Whiteman came on in relief and finished off the Falcons final chance.
Play continues in the Midwest Classic on Thursday and Friday at various sites in St. Charles County. The championship game is tentatively set for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Francis Howell.