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 Hall, McColley Combine for Seven Hits, Six Runs in 12-3 Win

May 28, 2008 - In a final tune-up before beginning sectional play, the Knightstown Panthers were in desperate need of a win. The team had been reeling with a four-game losing streak and was in an offensive funk. That all came to an end at Morristown last week.

Coach Donnie Martin’s Panthers exploded for a six-run second inning and cruised to a 12-3 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The win gave the team much-needed momentum heading into the state tournament this week.

Jordan Bearhope and Chad Oakes combined to limit the Yellow Jackets to just four hits. Bearhope worked into the sixth inning before giving way to Oakes, who finished the game. Bearhope struck out seven, walked three and hit two men before yielding to Oakes with two outs in the sixth frame. Oakes got the last man and then fanned two in the seventh inning to secure the win.

The Panthers fell behind 1-0 when Morristown started quickly and managed three first-inning hits. The Yellow Jackets had the bases loaded with no outs when Bearhope fielded a quick chopper back to the mound. He fired to catcher Nolan Hall, who then went to Oakes at first base for the 1-2-3 double play that killed the rally.

Knightstown had gone down in the top of the first without much happening. But on this day, that wouldn’t matter as the bottom of the batting order did the most damage. Nolan Hall (4-for-4, three runs) and Trey McColley (3-for-3, three runs) stung the Yellow Jacket pitching from the seven and eight spots in the batting order. They were right in the middle of a six-run second inning that reminded Morristown who they were playing.

That brief 1-0 Yellow Jacket lead was gone for good in the early stages of the second inning. Oakes started things off with a double and Brice Biehl reached on the only error Morristown committed. McColley then slapped his first hit of the night to score Oakes and tie the game.

Hall then slugged a two-run triple to left-centerfield, scoring Biehl and McColley. Levi Blair’s ground-out scored Hall to make it 4-1. Jared Kayajan drew a walk, but with two outs, the Yellow Jackets might have thought they were out of trouble.

That’s when Joe Haase cracked a long, two-run homer over the fence in right field to make it 6-1.

The Panthers got two more runs in the third inning when McColley and Hall both hit safely again. Travis Titus sent one home with a base hit and Blair followed suit with a hit to score the other and make it an 8-1 game.

Blair ripped a two-RBI single in the fifth that scored Mike Hurst, who was pinch-running for McColley, and Hall. Blair later scored on a double by Haase to make it 12-2.

Hall had a tremendous day with his 4-for-4 outing, scoring three times and driving in two runners. McColley was 3-for-3 with three runs and also walked, allowing Hurst to hit the scorebook by scoring as a pinch-runner.

Leading off, Blair had a tremendous day with two hits and four RBIs. Haase was his usual self, getting a home run, double and three RBIs. Blair, Haase, McColley and Hall accounted for 11 of Knightstown’s 13 hits, 10 RBIs and eight of the 12 runs.


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