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The Carroll County Panther baseball team finished a disappointing second in district play, but it was enough to get them into regional competition this week.
The Panthers took the first game win in regional play, 4-3, over the Oldham County Colonels Monday May 25. “This is probably the best team win where everyone felt they contributed to the win,” head coach Jay Jones said.
It’s a play or go home situation at this point of the season and the Panthers weren’t ready to go home yet.
Chris Hendrick on the mound threw five innings of no hit baseball before he began to tire in the sixth and gave up the three runs. “We tried to get one more inning out of him than we should,” Jones said.
Zach Wise came to the mound in the seventh and held off the Colonels, giving Hendrick the win and Wise the save, according to Jones.
The Panthers led the entire game until the Colonels struck for three in the bottom of the sixth. The Panthers came back in the top of the seventh with Jesse Proctor and Ethan Stewart scoring two runs for the win, Jones said.
Proctor and Stewart scored all four runs for the Panthers, with the final run coming as pitcher Wise helped his cause by knocking in the game winning RBI.
Jones said there were a lot of little things his team did to get this win. “The Colonels made a few errors and we took advantage of them.”
The Panthers played Shelby County Tuesday night, May 26, but results were not available before press time.