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JV Baseball Panthers Whip Mt. Vernon 7-4, Bomb Tri 19-3
April 16, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity baseball team is 2-1 on the season after picking up a huge win over Mt. Vernon Monday night.
The Panther boys also clobbered Tri 19-3 last Friday after losing their season opener to Hagerstown last Tuesday, 13-3.
The young Panthers used a thee-run fifth inning to break open a close game in the huge win over Mt. Vernon.
Zach Apollos started on the mound for Knightstown, but after facing just three hitters, his arm started bothering him. Brice Biehl came in and went the rest of the way. Biehl struck out five, walked three and gave up just four hits.
“Biehl threw a very nice game,” Panther coach Joe Patton said. “This was his first pitching appearance since early last year. He was a little shaky at first but got stronger as the game went on.”
Knightstown had seven hits in the game, and all were by different players. Brandon Carrender had a big two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning that launched the Panthers to an early lead.
In the fifth inning, Apollos had an RBI-single and Danny Ortman had a sacrifice fly that plated two more runs. Heads-up base running by the Panthers played a big role in the win.
“We didn’t have that many base hits, but we got them when we needed and left very few runners in scoring position,” Patton said. “Our fielding continues to get better and this young team is seeing what it takes to win ball games.”
Knightstown crushed Tri by the 10-run rule in a game that was shortened to five innings. Jared Kayajan pitched all five innings for the Panthers, allowing five hits, yielding three walks and striking out nine Titans.
The Panthers exploded offensively, scoring eight runs in the third inning and nine more in the fourth. Kayajan rapped two doubles, while Drew Martin and Nolan Hall both had two hits. Hall also crossed the plate four times in the game.
“We got a good effort from Kayajan on the mound as he kept the Tri hitters off balance with his off speed pitches,” Patton said. “Defensively, our fielding was much improved. Offensively we were aggressive with the bat and cut down on our strikeouts from the previous game.”
The Tigers scored 10 of their 13 runs in the sixth and seventh innings, turning what was a close game into a blowout.
Apollos started on the mound and threw two scoreless innings. Travis Titus pitched a scoreless third inning, but Knightstown committed several errors in the fourth frame that allowed Hagerstown to plate three runs.
Danny Ortman and Drew Martin also shared mound duties for the Panthers.
“I thought our pitchers threw well for the first game of the season, but we just didn’t play defensively like we are capable,” Patton said. “They basically scored 11 runs after we had two outs on them and most of that was because we just didn’t field the ball well.”
Mike Hurst and Apollos each had two hits for Knightstown. Beavers had a double, while Titus, Martin, Ortman, and Kwiz all had a hit.
“We left eight base runners in scoring position and we struck out nine times with eight of those called third strikes,” Patton said. “We swung the bat well until we got two strikes on us and then we were not aggressive and didn’t protect the plate. We stood and watched a lot of third strike curve balls.”
The junior varsity will be in action again Friday when they travel to Cambridge City Lincoln. The team will not play again at home until April 28.
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