Panthers power by Generals
Corydon Central’s blazing start to the baseball season continued Monday with a 14-3, five-inning win over visiting Mid-Southern Conference-opponent Clarksville.
The Panthers have become regulars with the long ball, using a pair of Cody Arnold home runs and a two-run blast by Chase Burton, to silence the Generals.
‘As of now, our No. 1 through 7 hitters have hit at least one home run (on the year),’ said Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes. ‘They’ve done a good job making other pitchers work all year. Today, we got base hits, drew walks, were hit by pitches and were able to put pressure on their defense. The key has been making pitchers and defenses work.’
Clarksville opened with two runs, both coming off Wes Rittman grounding into a fielder’s choice. An errant throw to first allowed the second run to score.
Corydon Central went to work in the bottom of the first to tie the score. Lucas Windell and Jake Carnley reached on a walk and a fielding error, respectively. Two batters later, Arnold smacked a run-scoring single to tie the game.
Arnold, who got the win on the hill, settled in after the first inning. He allowed one base runner in the second before tossing a perfect third.
A four-run second inning put the Panthers in front for good. Jeremiah Windell reached on a walk, but the wild pitch on the fourth ball allowed Lucas Windell to score. With two on, Arnold hit his first home run, a towering shot to the trees beyond the right-field fence.
The Panthers put the game away in the third inning when they batted around to tally eight additional runs.
Andrew Yeager executed a hit-and-run single to get the inning started. He was followed by a run-scoring single by Mitch Akers and a Lucas Windell walk. Jeremiah Windell later plated a run with another Panthers hit.
Then, with the bases loaded, Arnold jacked a grand slam, for his eighth RBI of the game.
‘From game one until now, Cody has been on fire,’ Sipes said. ‘I hope he keeps the same approach at the plate as the season goes on. We’re going to continue to see good pitching from here on out.’
Burton got in on the home-run parade with a shot down the left-field line, scoring Tyler Jones, who reached on a double.
Jeffrey Durham and Akers pitched an inning of relief each to close the game.
Jones and Akers finished with a pair of hits for the Panthers.
Clarksville had five hits and committed five errors on defense.
The Panthers (8-0), currently ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, have a pair of tough games to close the week. They visit MSC-rival North Harrison, which is currently 5-1, tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 p.m. The Panthers will return home Saturday to face Crawford County.