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Junior Varsity Baseball Team Defeats Rushville, Frankton
May 21, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity baseball team evened its record at 5-5 with wins over Rushville and Frankton, losing games to Shenandoah and Centerville.
Coach Joe Patton’s team defeated the Lions 5-0 on the strength of pitching from Levi Blair and Jared Kayajan. Blair started and picked up the win on the mound. He worked four innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five. Kayajan finished up the final three frames, yielding just one hit and fanning four.
Knightstown took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Kamron Beavers then had a huge two-out, two-RBI double in the fourth frame to put the Panthers ahead 3-0. Travis Titus had three hits, including a triple, while Nolan Hall collected a double and single.
“This was one of our better games,” Patton said. “We got very good pitching and we fielded the ball well.”
While Knightstown had great pitching against Rushville, the opposite was true in the game against Shenandoah. Panther pitchers walked 14 batters and hit another, yielding 15 free passes against the Raiders. Shenandoah scored 10 runs in the game despite managing just eight hits.
Drew Martin paced the Knightstown offensive attack with two hits, while Beavers reached base four times and had a triple. Hall got on base safely three times and scored two runs, while Titus had a triple and Zach Sanders ripped a double.
Knightstown trailed 10-0 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and then five more in the lower half of the seventh.
“Our pitching gave up too many base on balls,” Patton said. “We played with a lot more intensity in the last inning than we had in the previous six. We have to learn that you have to play with that intensity the whole game.”
Last Wednesday night the Panthers defeated Frankton 12-11 in a slugfest. Knightstown bolted out to a 6-0 lead after one inning, but watched the Eagles scored four in the third and six runs in the fourth to take an 11-9 lead. A three-run sixth gave Knightstown the win.
Kayajan picked up the win on the mound in relief of Martin. Panther pitchers gave up just seven hits and only three walks, but the team committed seven errors.
Mike Hurst paced the offensive attack with three hits. Martin and Sanders both had two hits, while Ortman had a double. Kayajan reached base four times and plated three runs.
Hall also reached base safely four times and scored twice.
Knightstown lost to Centerville, 14-4, in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Panther pitching again struggled, allowing nine hits and seven walks. Defensively, the team committed seven errors.
Brice Biehl had two hits for the Panthers, while Zach Burchette belted a home run. Ortman had a double and Sanders collected two hits.
“I was pleased with the way we hit the ball and our base running,” 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, and we need to make the routine play.”
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