Panthers earn third at MCIT

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County finished in third place in the Madison Courier Invitational Tournament held April 25-26. The Panthers lost in the first round to Madison Consolidated High School April 25, but defeated Shawe Memorial High School and Austin High School the next day.

Seth Hicks, Keifer McIntyre and John Michael Adams were named to the MCIT All-Tournament Team.

The Panthers mustered just three hits against Madison, who scored in every inning. Carroll scored in the first and third innings. In the top of the first, Justin Ray, Adams and McIntyre loaded the bases with three walks, and Seth Hicks hit an RBI double to right field, 2-0. 

In the third, Adams drew a two-out walk, followed by a McIntyre walk. Hicks hit an RBI single past second base to tie the game, 3-3.

Adams started and pitched four innings. He struck out four batters and gave up five hits and three walks. Ray pitched two innings, striking out three, walking three and allowing four hits.

Adams drew three walks in the game, while Ray and McIntyre both walked twice. Jacob Wise doubled in the top of the fourth.

Head coach Jimmy Ray said Madison was a good team, and coaching errors got a couple runners out on base. However, the team did not have the enthusiasm and intensity needed to play a good team like Madison.

Carroll County shut out Shawe, winning 19-0 in five innings. The Panthers collected 10 hits compared to just three for the Hilltoppers. Evan McMahan earned the win on the mound, striking out three batters and not allowing a walk. Ray said McMahan did a really good job in his first varsity start.

The Panthers scored one run in the first before blowing the game open in the second with eight runs. They added another run in the third, three in the fourth and finished with six in the top of the fifth.

Wise hit a triple with two RBIs, and Dunn hit two singles and collected an RBI. Austin Crowell singled, drew three walks and had an RBI, while Jackson “Boo” Donahue and Alex Burns also walked three times and had an RBI. McIntyre hit two singles, and Taylor Hill hit one. Will Wallace and Zakk Hicks both had a single and an RBI, while McMahan had a single, RBI and a walk. Adams, Ray and Seth Hicks all walked once.

In the final game of the weekend, Carroll County defeated Austin High School, 5-4. Seth Hicks earned the win, giving up just one hit in four innings. He struck out four batters and walked three. McIntyre earned the save, giving up two hits, four walks and striking out one batter.

Austin scored the first run. Then neither team scored until the top of the fourth when the Panthers’ offense got rolling. McIntyre led off, reaching on an error. Zakk Hicks followed with a home run to left field to give the Panthers the lead, 2-1. Donahue walked, and Adams hit an RBI single to center.

In the next inning, McIntyre walked, and Donahue singled. Adams reached on an error, allowing McIntyre to extend the lead, 4-2. Carroll’s last run came in the top of the seventh. Once again, McIntyre got things going, reaching with a single. Zakk Hicks doubled and Donahue was intentionally walked to load the bases. Adams showed patience at the plate, walking to score McIntyre, 5-2. The Eagles scored in the bottom half, but Carroll’s defense held up for the win.