Panther Baseball Loses Slugfest

Offense stays hot but can't keep up with BV.
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Don Kuhnen, AP Sports

The wind was blowing out Friday afternoon at Bureau Valley and the host Storm scored in every inning while downing EP 14-10.

The Storm plated one in the first and two in the second to jump on top of the Panthers. EP rallied in the top of the third as Bryce VanDeWostine and Bryce Jepson each coaxed walks off the starting pitcher to set the table for the top of the lineup. Mason Misfeldt added a base hit to load the bases and Connor Sibley came through with a base hit to left to get the Panthers on the board. Kolby Franks beat out an infield hit and Tucker VanDeWostine walked to drive in another run. Noah Wiseley flew out to deep center sacrificing in the fifth run of the inning for the Panthers.

BV came back with 2 more of their own and also scored 2 in the fourth to lead 7-5 after 4.

The Panthers tallied one more in the fifth but The Storm put up a crooked number (5) in their fifth to go up 12-6. In EP’s sixth the Panthers took advantage of some BV charity as Misfeldt and Sibley walked and both scored on ground balls by Franks and VanDeWostine that were booted for errors by the Storm. EP tallied 2 more in the top of the seventh when with 2 outs, Misfeldt reached on another Storm error. Sibley followed with a triple and Franks singled him home before the final out of the game.

EP’s top three hitters provided most of the attack as Misfeldt garnered 2 singles, Sibley a single and triple, and Franks 2 singles and a double. Reece Duncan and Meadows were the other Panthers with singles.

The Panthers pitched Conner Meadows, Wisely (who received the loss), and Jepson. The trio combined for 3 strikeouts and 8 walks. Coach Brad Tichler commented, “The offense came to hit today, but struggled with too many freebies by the pitching staff.”

EP ends a busy week with a conference record of 4-3 and overall 6-10. The Panthers have 3 games scheduled for next week starting Monday at Riverdale at 4:30.

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