Knoxville — The Knoxville Panther baseball team traveled to Newton Wednesday night and split a double-header with the Cardinals.
The Panthers took game one by a score of 8-1. Bryce Zoutte pitched a complete game for the Panthers and was in a pitching duel with Newton's Tyler Wood throughout the first five innings. Each team collected a handful of hits in that time.
When the Panthers came up in the top of the sixth, Jake Kendall seemed to have had enough of the small ball and smacked a double to deep left field to drive home Kevin Woodhouse, who had walked to open the inning.
Two batters later, Jared McClung dropped one into center to score Kendall's pinch runner, John Mitchell. With two on and two outs, DJ Snyder drove Jared McClung home on a single to left. Blake McClung was able to reach on an error and scored another run to put the Panthers up, 4-0.
Newton was able to get a run across in the bottom of the sixth.
The hit parade continued in the top of the seventh, when Woodhouse hit a double down the left field line, Kendall drove him home once again on his second double of the night, this one to center. Ross Shelford advanced Kendall on a sacrifice bunt and Jared McClung drove him home.
Zoutte collected a single and Nolan Wallace drew a walk. Both runners were sent across the plate on a Brock Caviness single to right to bring the score to 8-1. Newton was unable to come back in the bottom of the seventh. On the mound, Zoutte finished the game giving up six hits, one run, three walks and struck out three. The Panthers racked up 13 hits as a team.
In the second game, Newton took an early 2-0 lead after two innings. Tony Salato got things going for the Panthers in the top of the third when he reached on an error. Woodhouse reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base.