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BASEBALL: Panthers fall to Hornets

By Staff | May 8, 2015

Don Jelsing Panthers left/center-fielder Blaine Rosencrans swings for a double against the Bishop Ryan Lions Saturday at Northern Lights field.

The last time the Rugby Panthers (7-9) played the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, it resulted in a 9-1 Panther victory.

That wasn’t to be the case Monday, as the Hornets won, 2-1, in a defensive battle at Northern Lights field.

The Hornets scored the first point of the game when senior Shaun Korajian stole home plate in the first inning. The second run came in the fourth inning, after senior Brady Bachmeier hit an RBI single to send junior Parker Bachmeier home. To take his base, Parker had been hit by a pitch.

The Panthers’ sole score in the game came in the fifth inning. Senior Eli Luna (Towner) was able to slide around the tag as he made it to home after an Evan Burckhard RBI single.

The Panthers’ defense had some shining moments, with Luna and Burckhard helping to stop a double play to end the second inning.

In terms of pitching in seven innings, Panthers’ sophomore who walked three batters compared to Brady Bachmeier’s four; gave up two runs compared to Bachmeier’s one; and had five strike-outs compared to Bachmeier’s eight.

PANTHERS DEFEAT LIONS

The Panthers were originally supposed to start this year’s season against the Bishop Ryan Lions. That game was postponed until last week.

But it was well worth the wait for the Panthers, who won 6-3 in non-region play.

The first run of the game for Rugby came in the first inning from junior Blaine Rosencrans (Towner), who hit toward left field. Junior Hunter Hager put up the second run off a walk, and senior Eric Hooker got the third.

Hager put up the fourth run in the second inning and Burckhard got the fifth run soon after.

The Lions’ first point came on a base hit from senior Tanner Sanders in the third inning. Senior designated hitter Jared Will and sophomore Derek Bartsch got the next two runs off base hits.

The Panthers responded with a run from freshman Seth Jaeger who; after getting a base hit, stole second and third.

In three innings, in terms of pitching, Hager gave up three runs, had one walk and three strikeouts. Burckhard took over for two innings and he gave up no runs, had no walks and two strikeouts. For the Lions, senior Jonah Kramer gave up six runs, had five walks and two strikeouts.

The Panthers have one more home game on Tuesday, May 12, against Dunseith before regional tournament play.

– Tribune Staff Report

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