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 JV Holds Off Frankton, 12-11

May 7, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity baseball team out-slugged Frankton last Wednesday 12-11.

The Panthers bolted out to a 6-0 lead after one inning before the Eagles rallied to cut that deficit to 6-5.

After the Panthers went up 8-5 Frankton used a six-run inning of its own to take an 11-8 lead in the fourth frame. A three-run sixth inning rally gave the win to Knightstown.

Jared Kayajan picked up the win on the mound for the Panthers, relieving starter Drew Martin. They combined to allow just seven hits and walked three batters. But Knightstown had several defensive breakdowns and committed seven errors in the contest.

Mike Hurst led the offensive attack by hitting safely three times. Martin and Zach Sanders both had two hits, while Danny Ortman slammed a double. Kayajan reached base four times and scored three runs. Nolan Hall also got on base four times and plated two runs for the Panthers.

 

The Panther junior varsity lost to a talented Centerville team 14-4 last Thursday.

Knightstown led 4-0 at one time in the game, but was shut out the rest of the way. Centerville scored in every inning to win the game by the five-run rule after five frames.

Knightstown pitching allowed nine hits and walked seven men, while the team committed seven errors in the game.

“In both games I was pleased with the way we hit the ball and our base running,” Panther coach Joe Patton said. “Our pitching was decent, but when you commit six and seven errors in a ball game you are not going to win that often. We need to be ready to play on every pitch and concentrate on our fielding. We need to make the routine play.”

Brice Biehl had two hits to lead Knightstown and Zach Burchett belted a home run. Danny Ortman had a double and Sanders had two hits.

The junior varsity’s record fell to 4-4 with the loss. They hosted Rushville Tuesday and travel to Eastern Hancock Saturday.

 

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