Baseball falls to KCD, 10-1

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By Kristin Beck

The Panthers’ baseball team fell behind early and could never get back on track, falling 10-1 to visiting Kentucky Country Day May 9.

KCD scored two runs in the top of the first, and Carroll scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the first. Leadoff Deaton Oak reached on an error by the shortstop and advanced to second on a groundout by Seth Hicks. Evan McMahan hit a grounder to shortstop, but the throw to first was low, allowing Oak to score, 2-1.

That would be Carroll’s only run of the game. The Panthers had only two hits–a single to left center by Cam McIntyre in the second inning and a single to right by Eli Yocum in the sixth.

David Duncan started the game on the mound, picking up the loss. He pitched two innings, giving up two hits, four walks and three runs. He struck out one batter. Craig Beach came on in relief and pitched four innings. He gave up eight hits and three runs, but struck out two and gave up no walks. Jake Robertson pitched two-thirds of the seventh, giving up three hits, two walks and four runs. Kam Rivers got the last out of the game, but gave up two walks.

Head coach Kevin Goins said the team looked “a little bit sluggish. You never know what goes on in the mind of teenagers. The weather hasn’t cooperated with us all spring. They probably saw the rain this morning and thought, ‘We aren’t playing.’ Then, ‘Oh, we are playing.’ You just hope they’re going to keep grinding like they have been. We’ve got a few guys that are scuffling that have been carrying us all year and they’re having trouble handling failure. They don’t understand it becomes contagious. It’s not the way I wanted to go into traveling to Lexington tomorrow, but tomorrow is a new day.”

The Panthers would rebound from the loss to defeat Henry Clay in Lexington.