It has been a rough start to the season for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team.
The Panthers stand at 1-7 following a hard luck 3-2 setback to the Clarke Indians Monday, June 3 in Osceola in eight innings.
The loss also put Coach Matt Miller’s squad at 1-4 in the South Central Conference.
The Panthers had just two hits in the loss, one each from Ben Olson and Carter Bailey.
Suffering the loss on the mound was RJ Roberts, who wen 7.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
The first win of the season came in the back half of a league doubleheader at home against Albia May 31.
After falling 16-13 in the opener the Panthers beat the Blue Demons in game two 3-2 behind the pitching of Kaleb Streigle.
Streigle gave up four hits and struck out 11 for the win.
Kyle Ramsey had two hits in the one and Carter Bailey ripped a double.
In the opener Knoxville had multiple hits from Colton Jones, Mike Hudson, Olson and Ramsey.
Hudson was 4-for-4 and Olson hammered two home runs and drove in six, but it wasn’t enough. One of the home runs was a grand slam.
Clarke scored 16 runs on nine hits and they were issued eight walks.
The Panthers fell twice at home to the Oskaloosa Indians May 30 by the scores of 12-3 and 8-6.
Colton Jones was the pitcher of record in the 12-3 loss. Three relievers also saw time on the hill. Knoxville only had three hits.
The Panthers had six hits in the 8-6 setback to the Indians. Olson took the loss on the mound.
Relieving in the game for the Panthers were Blaise Hubler and eighth grader Beau Leisure.
Earlier in the year the Panthers lost two games to Eddyville-Blakesburg 10-2 and 7-2 and to Winterset 8-0 to open the year.