The Russellville Panthers played three tough games last week during their Panther Classic tournament. On Thursday the Panthers played a close game against the Muhlenberg Mustangs but fell 2-3. The Panthers had a big comeback game against the Grayson County Cougars on Friday and would play a 10 innings to win the game 6-5. On Saturday the Panthers faced the Warren East Raiders and would have a big scoring game, but fall 9-14.
On Thursday, the Panthers and the Mustangs would battle for the lead throughout most of the game. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jacob Proctor would hit a double to bring in to runs for the Panthers. They would lead 2-0 going into the sixth inning.
The Mustangs would score on run in the top of the sixth, but the Panthers defense would be able to hold their lead of 2-1 going into the final inning of the game.
The Panthers would have some errors, and the Mustangs would make their way around the field to score two runs in the seventh inning. The Panthers would now trail 2-3 and have one last time at bat. The Panthers would not be able to get any good hits, and would fall 2-3 to the Mustangs.
Jacob Proctor pitched for the Panthers and ended the game with six strikeouts. Proctor would also end the game with two RBIs.
The Panthers would go on to face the Grayson County Cougars on Friday night. The Cougars would get a good start to the game and score three runs in the first inning of the game. Jacob Proctor would get a hit to bring in Jordan Blick. The Panthers would trail 3-1 at the end of sixth inning.
The Cougars would come back to score two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Panthers would have to make some big offensive plays to have a chance to win the game, and they did.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Corey Wright would step up to the plate for the Panthers. Wright would hit a home run, bringing in three runners and himself. The game would now be tied 5-5. The Cougar defense would end the inning soon after, sending to two teams into extra innings to break the tie.
They would battle until the 10th inning of the game, senior Zach Denney would end the game after getting a hit to bring in Blick. The Panthers would win 6-5 over the Cougars.
Denney pitched for five innings. Denney allowed three runs, walked three and struck out 11. Evan Humphrey pitched for two innings and allowed two runs, walked two and struck out one. Senior Barrett Croslin would pitch for the last three innings. Croslin would allow no runs, strikeout one and walk one.
Wright led the Panthers with three RBIs. Proctor and Denney finished the game with one RBI each.
On Saturday morning, the Panthers would play the Warren East Raiders. The Panthers would have a great start to the game. The Raiders would get one run in the first inning, but the Panthers would come back to score three runs in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning, Wright would get a hit to bring in Croslin to increase their lead to 4-1 going into the third inning of the game.
Even though the Panthers had a strong lead, the Raiders would comeback in the fourth inning of the game to take the lead. The Panthers would make a few errors, and the Raiders would score seven runs in the inning. The Panthers would now trail 8-4 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Croslin would bring in one run for the Panthers in the fourth inning, but the Panthers would still trail 8-5 at the end of the fourth inning.
Wesley Stratton would bring in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, bringing the Panthers within one run from the Raiders.
The two teams would continue to battle it out in the last two innings, but the Raiders would end the game on top. The Panthers would fall 14-9.
Humphrey would pitch for the Panthers for four innings. He allowed eight runs, walked four and struck out three. Colby Nichols stepped in for the Panthers the last three innings. He allowed six runs, walked two and struck out three.
The Panthers will be at home tonight and will be hosting the second Clash of the Cats game tonight against the Logan County Cougars. The game will begin at 5 p.m.