Panthers Lost Sectional Final to Trojans in 1982
Knightstown’s varsity baseball team lost in the IHSAA Sectional to rival New Castle, 5-4, in 10 innings. The Panthers had been riding the superb pitching of Chris Taylor and had built a 4-0 lead through six innings.
But the Trojans scored four runs in the last inning, and then won the game three innings later, ending Knightstown’s hopes of defending the school’s sectional title from 1981. The Panthers had taken a 4-0 lead when they struck for two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings. David Mattix and Rem Perry scored in each frame, while John Collins and Mark Lawrence had RBI-base hits.
Tri High defeated Knightstown 5-4 to win the 1977 Knightstown baseball sectional title last week. The Panthers trailed 5-1 before mounting a rally with three runs in the seventh inning off Titan ace Jerry Cripps. Bill Miller opened the inning with a fly out, but Greg Whitfield drew a walk. After a strikeout, Bryan Haase drew another walk. Art Rose followed that with a triple down the right field line, scoring Haase and Whitfield. Rose then scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-4. But Cripps got out of trouble to give the Titans the sectional title.
More than 70 children participated in the Lion’s Club Fishing Derby held at Sunset Park Lake Saturday. In the biggest catch category, ron McIntosh was first with a 15 ½” catfish. Yogi Henderson was second with a 14” bass, and Ron Walker was third with a 13” largemouth.
Anthony Smith, with a two-inch catch, received the trophy for the smallest fish. Jeff Chew was second and Ginger Scott was third. The must unusual catch was caught by Bruce Trieschman. He hauled in a bucket full of water. Curt Durnill was second and Eddie Chew was third. Mark Swincher caught the most fish with 24 to his credit. Jeff Buckley was second and Kenny Henderson was third.
In Little League Baseball action, Chris Waits knocked in two runs and pitched as the Braves defeated the Sox 15-3. Brave Darin Hopping hit a home run, while Jacob Smith connected for a triple. Jeff Clark and Jeff Hochstedler each doubled. Greg Butler had the only hit for the Sox.
The Cardinals remained undefeated as Billy Garris struck out 17 of the 18 men he faced in leading the Cards to a win over the Tigers. Robbie Hall struck out nine for the Tigers, who lost for the first time this season.
Knightstown’s varsity baseball team won the sectional with ease, riding the pitching of Gary Roberts, Wayne Allen and John Lansinger. Coach Bill Nixon’s Panthers blanked New Castle 4-0, as Roberts pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 Trojans in the championship game.
Richard Van Arsdel, head football and tennis coach at Knightstown High School, submitted his resignation to school corporation Superintendent Lyle O. Bell. Van Arsdel compiled a 9-4 record in two years of varsity competition at KHS. He signed a contract to coach at Decatur High School, which is located south of Ft. Wayne.
Knightstown Merchants’ ball club swamped Sheridan 18-6 last week, behind the eight-hit pitching of Dixie Howell. Gene Ewing collected three hits for Knightstown, and Toon had three more.
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