Panthers top Pacers, fall short at Frankfort

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County’s baseball Panthers added Switzerland County to their list of conquests in this young season following a heartbreaking loss to state power Franklin County last week.

Will Yager got the win on three shutout innings after giving up only three hits as Carroll topped the Pacers 11-1 in Vevay on Wednesday. Jesse Proctor came on in relief for the Panthers and preserved the win.

At the plate Zach Wise was two for three with two stolen bases a run scored and a run batted in. Jesse Proctor was also two for three with two stolen bases. Proctor scored two runs and had an RBI. Kenny Welch was two for four with a stolen base and a run. Ethan Stewart was two for four with a run and three RBI. Brandon McAlister was two for two with an RBI. Kevin Welch was three for four with a stolen base, scored two runs with two RBI.

 “It was just one of those games where we got a couple breaks and Switzerland didn’t and that ended up changing the outcome of the game,” Carroll County Head Coach Jay Jones said. “They have a young squad and some real good players. We tip our hat to them, a play here or there and it could have been a much different game.”

The win came a day after the Panthers fell 10-9 to No. 10 Franklin County. A late Carroll County rally fell short but made the game interesting, Jones said.

Tyler Gross took the loss on the mound. Gross pitched four innings, had four strikeouts, gave up two bases on balls and two earned runs.

On offense, Wise had three hits in four plate appearances. Wise had three stolen bases, scored a run and drove in two runs. DC Craig went two for four at bat with two RBI and a run scored. Welch hit successfully in four trips to the plate with an RBI and scored two runs.

“We are still finding our footing and our style of play,” Jones said. “We have a veteran club and the group handles adversity pretty well. It is a fun group to coach. I have seen these guys since little league, and to be able to be part in the development of them into the fine young men they are is a pleasure.”

Carroll plays in the All-A 8th region tourney on Thursday at Owen County.