With a rainout of a scheduled doubleheader last Friday night, it proved to be a light week on the diamond for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team.
That actually might have been what the doctor had diagnosed to help the Panthers get through the week.
Knoxville had their most productive week of the season as they were 2-2 overall last week.
Knoxville split with Clarke Monday, June 24 at home in league play with each team winning a 7-6 decision.
Grinnell topped the Panthers 12-2 Tuesday, June 25, before the team bounced back strong to beat the Chariton Chargers 6-1 on the road Thursday.
The split during the week puts the KHS record at 7-21 overall and at 6-10 in the South Central Conference.
Kaleb Streigle twirled a four-hitter at Chariton, allowing just one run. He walked one and struck out six to earn the win.
The Panthers led 5-0 before the Chargers pushed across their lone run of the night in the bottom of the sixth.
Knoxville collected 13 hits to assist Streigle in getting the win.
Mike Hudson had three hits, one of them being a double. Four other Panthers added two hits each and the list included Colton Jones, RJ Roberts, Streigle and Kyle Ramsey.
The win enabled the Panthers to win the regular season series 3-0 over the Chargers.
Sandwiched in between the league games was a non-conference game against the Grinnell Tigers in Grinnell.
The Tigers won 12-2 as they scored 10 runs in the first three innings.
Taking the loss on the hill for the Panthers was Blaise Hubler. Jaxon Zuck and Kyle Ramsey both pitched in relief.
The game was called by the 10-run rule in the fifth.
Knoxville only had three hits, two of them by Carter Baile, one being a triple. The other hit was a single off the bat of Streigle.
Knoxville won the opener of a league doubleheader against Clarke 7-6. The Panthers led 6-0 before the Indians tied the game with a six-run sixth.
The Panthers earned the win with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Jones was the lone Panther with multiple hits in the game. Knoxville had four hits and also collected six walks.
Mike Hudson started on the mound and went 5.2 innings fanning eight and walking two before RJ Roberts took over and got the win in relief.
In the nightcap, the Indians prevailed 7-6 in eight-innings.
The game was tied 5-5 entering the eighth.
Ben Olson took the loss on the mound.
Jones again had the hot bat with three hits while Hudson collected two. Hudson also drove in two runs.
The Panthers are coached by Matt Miller.
Odds and Ends
The Panthers will make up the doubleheader against the Davis County Mustangs Wednesday, July 10 in Bloomfield starting at 5:30 p.m.