Knoxville — Behind a solid pitching performance by Kevin Woodhouse, the Knoxville Panthers defeated the Pella Christian Eagles Tuesday night, 4-3.
Woodhouse unofficially threw five strikeouts and walked two during his complete game outing. He received plenty of support from his team who made several great defensive plays against an Eagles team that crushed the ball when they connected.
The Panthers were the first team to cross the plate. Back to back walks of Bryce Zoutte and Nolan Wallace opened the door for two runs in the second. Ross Shelford singled to left/center to drive them both in.
The Eagles immediately responded in the top of the third with two of their own. Spencer Fynaardt drove home Justin Stravers on a double to center. Jason Holwerda followed that up by finding the gap between first and second to tie the game.
When Knoxville returned to the plate, they responded in kind. Woodhouse and Jared McClung had back-to-back singles before Jake Kendall hit a monster shot to left for a two-run double. The Panthers led 4-2 after three innings.
Pella Christian scored again on the top of the sixth on a double by pitcher, Dillon Branderhorst. Though the Panthers did not get another run, Woodhouse shut the Eagles down in the top of the seventh for the 4-3 victory.
"Kevin Woodhouse pitched an excellent ball game," Coach Joel Johnson said. "Probably one of his best. He gets better all the time." He added that Woodhouse is "quite a pitcher for a sophomore.
Knoxville made some baserunning mistakes, but Johnson is proud of the clutch hits and defensive plays made that gave them the victory. Johnson's comments can be viewed with this article.