Wins have been tough to come by for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team this year.
Wednesday, June 5, was a big day for Knoxville. The Panthers won both ends of a league doubleheader against the Chariton Chargers.
The Panthers won 7-1 with Carter Bailey allowing only one run in six innings of work. He didn’t allow a hit.
The only hit Chariton collected was off relief pitcher Kobie Marshall.
Knoxville backed their pitcher with 10 hits, three by Ben Olson and two by Mike Hudson to lead the charge. Olson had three RBI.
The rest of the KHS hits were all singles by Colton Jones, RJ Roberts, Kaleb Streigle, Bailey and Logan Clark.
Knoxville scored three runs in the second and tacked on four in the fourth for the win.
The nightcap saw the home plate umpire with a tight strike zone. The Panthers prevailed 16-14.
The game was tied 10-10 entering the bottom of the fifth. The Panthers scored four in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 16-10 lead. The Panthers still had to hold on as Chariton scored four in the top of the seventh to make the final 16-14.
Colton Jones had three hits and six RBI for Knoxville. Roberts and Streigle had two hits as did Logan Clark.
Bode Cox hit a double and drove in three runs while Clark had three RBI as well.
Streigle started on the mound for Knoxville but he gave up eight hits and seven runs in 4.2 innings of work.
Kyle Ramsey was the winning pitcher in relief while Mike Hudson collected the final two outs of the game on the hill.
The two wins put the Panthers at 3-8 overall and at 3-4 in the South Central Conference baseball chase.
The Panthers are coached by Matt Miller.