It took until the final full week of play in the regular season for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team to have their first winning week of the year.
Knoxville was 4-3 last week to improve to 12-27 overall.
Starting Monday, July 8, the Panthers knocked off Newton 6-2. They followed that with a 6-5 win the next night at home over Bondurant-Farrar 6-5.
Then in a makeup game July 10, the Panthers split a league doubleheader against the Davis County Mustangs in Bloomfield, losing 4-3 but coming back for an 11-3 victory.
The action continued Thursday, July 11 with a split on the road with Mount Pleasant. MP won 7-5 and Knoxville won 12-2.
The week ended with an 11-1 loss to the Indianola Indians. That’s a total of seven varsity games in five days.
Mike Hudson was the winning pitcher against Newton. He pitched 6.1 innings allowing five hits and two earned runs.
Knoxville collected 10 hits, two each by Colton Jones, Hudson, Ben Olson and Kaleb Streigle. Streigle drove in three of the six KHS runs.
B-F scored single runs in the sixth and seventh but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers won 6-5.
Carter Bailey was the winning pitcher going four innings. He gave up two hits and three runs, all unearned. Three relief pitchers finished the game for KHS.
Jones and Olson each had two hits. Bailey slugged a home run and drove in two of the KHS runs.
In the split with the Mustangs Knoxville had just five hits in the 4-3 loss. RJ Roberts pitched well allowing four runs, two of which were earned.
Hudson had two of the five Panther hits. Olson swatted a home run.
In the 11-3 Panther win, Streigle was the winning hurler. He worked 5.1 innings, striking out eight. Blaise Hubler worked in relief.
Olson and Jones each had two hits for Knoxville. The Panthers were aided with nine walks issued to them. Olson had three RBI for KHS.
In the split on the road with the MP Panthers, Knoxville lost 7-5 with eighth grader Beau Leisure pitching and allowing eight hits in five inning.
Jones and Olson led the offense with three and two hits respectively.
In the 12-2 win, Hudson earned the pitching decision allowing four hits in six innings of work. Blake Ramsey finished the game on the mound without giving up a hit.
Multiple hits for KHS were by Hudson, Bailey, Streigle, Kyle Ramsey and Evan Eck. Eck had three hits and five big RBI.
Roberts added one hit and two RBI.
It was all Indianola in an 11-1 loss. Knoxville had two hits, one each from Hudson and Streigle.