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 Panther Baseball Team Finds its Groove, Wins Three Games

April 16, 2008 - After getting shut out offensively and allowing 18 runs in their season opener, the Knightstown Panthers may have sent a message to the rest of the teams on their schedule. That season opener was in all likelihood a fluke.

The Panthers completed a 3-0 slate last week, winning those three games by a combined scored of 29-3. The Knightstown pitching staff gave up just one earned run in 18 innings of work, and the Panther bats came to life by erupting for 29 hits.

The week started off with senior Joe Haase throwing a no-hitter at Blue River Wednesday, missing a perfect game only when he hit a batter in the last inning. The Panthers won the game 13-0. Knightstown followed that up with a double-header sweep of Eastern Hancock Saturday, crushing the Royals 13-0 and 3-0.

Haase, who will attend Purdue University next year on a baseball scholarship, pitched a four-hit shutout against the Royals Saturday, giving him 12 innings of shutout baseball in a four day period. He struck out 26 hitters in those two games, including 16 against Eastern Hancock.

Fellow senior Jordan Bearhope also had a huge week, driving in seven runners in the three games. Bearhope blasted a two-out, three-run homer against the Royals in the second game of the twinbill, accounting for the only runs of the contest.

Knightstown’s charge last week and rebound from the disappointing loss in the opener to New Palestine appeared to right the ship. The team is now 3-1 on the season, hitting the ball well, and getting superb pitching. Zach Burchett handcuffed Eastern Hancock in the first game Saturday, allowing three runs, but just two were earned. He allowed just three hits as Eastern Hancock managed just seven total safeties in the twinbill.

Knightstown hosted Northeastern Tuesday night, and entertains Shenandoah Saturday in a double-header beginning at 10 a.m. The team visits New Castle next Monday in the first of three straight games against larger schools. They return home Tuesday to play Rushville and then travel to Greenfield-Central Thursday.

 

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