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 Panthers Drop Two Close Games

May 21, 2008 - On paper it may look like the Knightstown Panther baseball encountered a slump just before the Henry County Tourney. The team lost to a 5-10 Cambridge City Lincoln team 6-5, following a tough loss to a talented (17-5) Triton Central nine, 4-3.

But despite the two losses, Panther coach Donnie Martin likes where his team is heading into the final games of the season and tournament play next week.

Knightstown held a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Lincoln scored three runs to pull out the win. The Golden Eagles’ runs were aided by two walks and two crucial Panther errors, uncharacteristic of the team this season.

The Triton Central game went into extra innings before the Tigers pulled out the tough win. Trailing 2-0 after three innings, Knightstown struck for three runs in the fourth to take the lead.

Joe Haase, who went 3-for-4 in the game, reached base on a one-out single. Jordan Bearhope followed that with a single, and Chad Oakes sent both of them home with a two-run double. Oakes scored on a single by Jared Kayajan to put Knightstown up 3-2.

Triton Central tied the game up in the fifth inning and added one run in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the win. Oakes had two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers.

Against Lincoln, Knightstown got a single run in the third by Brice Biehl and three more in the fifth. Haase singled and Bearhope doubled him home. Kayajan had a base hit and both scored to put Knightstown up 4-1.

The Panthers made it 5-3 in the seventh when Trey McColley, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, slammed a double. He scored on a single by Travis Titus. Lincoln then benefited by two walks and two Panther errors to score three times in the bottom of the seventh inning and pull out the improbable 6-5 win.

The two teams will both be afforded the opportunity prove whether or not that game was a fluke in the Northeastern Sectional. They will play again in game three next week.

 

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