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Panthers take no. 3-seed in region baseball

By Staff | May 17, 2019

Sue Sitter/PCT Brady Schock gets a base hit against Harvey's Hornets Tuesday.

The Rugby Panthers wrapped up their regular baseball season schedule for 2019 this week as the number three seed in the regional tournament.

The Panthers defeated Harvey/Wells County Monday on the heels of a double-header Friday against Northern Lights.

While the away game against the HWC Hornets saw a decisive win during the last two innings of the evening, results for last Friday’s home double-header resulted in one win and one loss for the Panthers.

The Panthers and the Comets were evenly matched for last Friday’s set. The Panthers fought back to tie an early Comet lead, and led 3-1 by the fourth inning. The Comets scored three more points, but Rugby held on to defeat the Comets 5-4 in eight innings when Shayden Luna’s base hit brought runner Jordan Stone home for the winning point.

Although the Panthers led early in the second game, they lost ground against the Comets, losing by one point again, with the score 4-5.

The Panthers battled back Monday, defeating the Hornets in Harvey by a sound 11-1 score.

Pitcher Cy Luna, who replaced Mayson McCabe in the third inning, held the Hornets to one hit for the game.

McCabe scored two runs in the batter’s box for the game, and batted in one run, while Shayden Luna had two runs batted in for the game.

The Panthers next turned their attention on Thursday’s regional tournament.

“We will be the number three seed heading into the region tournament, ” Coach Kendall Scheive said. “We feel like we’ve been getting better steadily and hopefully, we play our best baseball in the next seven to ten days.”

Scheive said the team will prepare to do battle with some tough teams in the region.

“North Star is 10-0 in the region this year, and they’re solid,” he noted. “They’re going to be tough for people to beat. Northern Lights is also a good team. If the opportunity presents itself to play those teams, we just have to control what we can control and limit mistakes. If we do that, we’ll compete well.

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