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Panthers’ frantic rally falls short vs. Perry

Panthers’ frantic rally falls short vs. Perry
Panthers’ frantic rally falls short vs. Perry
Corydon CentralÂ’s Ethan Wright slides into third base safely against visiting Perry Central. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Corydon Central, behind a rugged defensive effort last Tuesday in the top of the seventh inning, gave visiting Perry Central a late run. However, the Panthers were unable to make up the four-run deficit, leaving the bases loaded in the final inning to drop the season opener, 8-7.
‘We came back in the seventh, being down four runs, to make it interesting,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘Besides one inning, we played pretty good defense.’
Early on, the Panthers held a three-run cushion. Shane Brown delivered an RBI double in the second inning to allow his team to lead 3-1.
The margin grew to 4-1 in the fourth when Tyler Stauth’s ground out plated Chase Burton. Burton led off the inning with a single and later stole a base to move into scoring position.
Perry Central chipped away at the Panthers’ lead, scoring a single run in the fourth and sixth innings.
The big charge of runs by the Commodores came in the seventh inning off Stauth, who was pitching in relief.
Leading off with a strikeout, Perry Central put two on base with a single and a base on balls.
One run came across when Tanner Cassidy reached on an error. Following the miscue that tied the game at 4, Stauth struck out the next batter.
A Perry Central single plated the go-ahead run before the Panthers defense began to struggle. Three errors on two balls put in play led to three runs, putting the visitors on top, 8-4.
‘We didn’t lose the game in the top of the seventh; we lost the game in the fourth, fifth and sixth when we had runners on and couldn’t score,’ Sipes said.
The Panthers left 11 runners on base in the first six innings.
In the final frame, the offense sparked to life.
With one out, Dalton Arnold drove in a run with a single down the right-field line. Ethan Wright came to bat behind Brown, who was hit by a pitch. Battling through a long at-bat, Wright laced a single up the middle, plating one.
Blooping a single over the infield, Akers scored Brown, making it an 8-7 ballgame.
Corydon Central would eventually load the bases with a Robbie Morrow walk but were unable to score the game-tying run.
Brown paced the offense with three singles, scoring twice. Perfect at the plate, Akers was 2 for 2 along with drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch. Burton and Wright also had two hits apiece.
Not only was Akers solid at the plate, he also was on the mound. He tossed the first five innings,
‘Akers pitched a great game,’ Sipes said. ‘His pitch count was in the 70s, and we want to keep him healthy this year for a long period of time. When we pulled him, we wanted to see what else we had.’
Stauth was able to pitch out of a jam in the sixth inning, stranding two runners. Errors and a pair of walks plagued his seventh inning of work.
‘Stauth got out of a jam in the sixth inning,’ Sipes said. ‘He got into trouble in the seventh when he fell behind some batters, and our defense didn’t help him out very much.’
Corydon Central 6, Yale (Mich.) 0
The Panthers bounced back Thursday with a 6-0 victory over visiting Yale (Mich.).
Chase Burton pitched six innings, striking out nine to earn the Panthers their first win of the season. Closing out the game on the mound was Dalton Arnold to preserve the shutout.
Jordan Cockerham went 2 for 4 at bat, plating a pair of runs to pace the offense. Mitch Akers and Robbie Morrow each had an RBI.
Helping his cause on the mound, Burton also hit a double and scored twice.
Yale managed just three hits.
Corydon Central 5, Austin 1
After splitting a double-header with Henryville Saturday, Corydon Central came back Monday to down Austin 6-1 in its Mid-Southern Conference opener.
Mitch Akers tossed a complete game, giving up three hits while stirking out 10. The right-hander helped his own cause, hitting three doubles, driving in two runs.
Chase Burton was perfect at the plate, connecting for four singles in as many at bats. Teammate Aaron Arnold chipped in two hits, scoring each time.
Also for the Panthers, Jordan Cockerham and Adam Yeager reached base two times each after being hit by pitches.
Corydon Central will hit the field again tomorrow (Thursday) when the Panthers travel to Charlestown.