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Pitching debuts for Wise, Wallace in Eminence win

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Seniors Jacob Wise and Will Wallace made their first-career varsity pitching appearances Wednesday in Carroll County’s 18-3 win in five innings over visiting Eminence (0-7).

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Wise earned the win, throwing a no-hitter and striking out eight batters. Wallace took the mound in the top of the fifth and logged two strikeouts.

“I thought they did real well,” head coach Jimmy Ray said. “Jacob, as the game went along, got more and more comfortable and did a real good job. And Jacob’s pitched some in JV maybe, but I don’t think Will’s ever pitched a game in his life. Early in the season in practice he was throwing a little bit and he threw strikes. We hadn’t had a real good chance to get him in the game, but he came in there tonight and did a good job.”

On the offensive side, the Panthers (9-5) logged 15 hits, ran well on the bases and got almost their entire team into the game.

“We got some hits early on and scored,” Ray said. “It was a good game. We hadn’t had any JV games in a while and those kids got to play a little bit.”

In the top of the first, Austin Dunn singled to shallow center and Seth Hicks brought him home with an RBI double to left. Jackson “Boo” Donahue drew a walk, and Wallace brought both teammates home with a two-RBI single to center, 3-0.

Zakk Hicks led off the top of the second with a single to center, then stole second. Wise brought him home with a line drive that was too much for the shortstop to handle, 4-0. Justin Ray followed with another single past shortstop good enough for an RBI. Dunn walked and Seth Hicks scored both with a single to center, 7-0. The rally continued as Keifer McIntyre singled to right and Donahue earned an RBI on a groundout to first, 8-0. Wallace collected another RBI off a sac fly to left field. Austin Crowell walked, and Zakk Hicks singled. Wise hit an RBI single to left, followed by another two-RBI single the same way by Ray, 12-0.

After a 1-2-3 by the Warriors, the Panthers returned to the plate. McIntyre walked, but was forced out on a fielder’s choice play after a hit by Donahue. Donahue scored after a fly ball-error by Eminence, 13-0. Crowell drew another walk, and Zakk Hicks hit a two-RBI double to center, 15-0. Wise followed suit with an RBI double to the same spot, 17-0.

In the top of the fourth, Ray subbed out all of his starters except Wise to give some of his younger guys some playing time. Eminence finally scored after a walk, catcher interference, hit-by-pitch and passed ball, 17-1.

In the bottom half, Jacob Southworth walked, advanced to second on a groundball by Clark Willhoite and ultimately scored on two passed balls. Stephen Fornash walked, and Tyler Stewart singled to right, but were left stranded.

Wallace subbed in on the mound, walking the first batter but striking out the next two. Mitchell Golden logged the Warriors’ lone hit of the night, an RBI single past shortstop to score his teammate, 18-2. He later stole home to score the final run of the night, 18-3.

“It wasn’t the most intense game, but we did what we needed to do, got the win and got out of here. That’s all you can ask for,” Ray said.