The Russellville Panther baseball team hosted the Kelly Russell Classic this weekend in memory of Kelly Russell who was killed in a baseball accident nearly 40 years ago. The Panthers played the Madisonville-North Hopkins Maroons and the University Heights Blazers and won both games.
The Panthers faced the Maroons first on Saturday. The two teams would start off the game in a tie. The Maroons would get a run in top of the first inning. Barrett Croslin would get a big hit for the Panthers and then be brought in by Zach Denney. This would tie up the game 1-1 at the end of the first inning.
The Maroons would take the lead in the top of the third after scoring two runs on big hits. Zach Denny would lead off the Panthers in the bottom of the third and hit a home run, but that was the only run scored by the Panthers that inning. The would trail 2-3 going into the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Colby Nichols would bring in two runs for the Panthers and Croslin would bring in a third run. The Panthers would take the lead of 5-3 at the end of the fourth inning.
The Panthers would add four more runs in the fifth and sixth inning of the game and gain a 9-3 lead. The Maroons would come out to score two runs in the seventh inning, but the Panthers defense would shut them down and end the game with a 9-5 victory.
The Panthers went on to face the University Heights Blazers. The Panthers would have a great start to the game after Corey Wright stepped up to the plate and hit a home run in the first inning of the game. The Panthers would start the game out with a 3-0 lead.
The score would remain the same until the top of the fifth, when the Blazers would score one run. But the Panthers would still hold on to their lead.
At the bottom of the fifth inning, Proctor would get a hit to bring in a run and Wesley Stratton would also get a hit and bring in two runs for the Panthers. The Blazers would score two runs in the top of the sixth, but they could not get close to the Panthers lead. The Panthers would end the game 6-3.
Senior Corey Wright ended the game with three RBI’s Wesley Stratton had two RBI’s and Jacob Protor had one.
Wright would also pitch for the Panthers all seven innings of the game. Wright allowed 10 hits, three runs, walked non and had 11 strikeouts.
The Panthers are scheduled to host the Todd County Central Rebels tonight at 7:00 p.m.