Pitcher Kirby Washburn scattered five hits over seven innings Friday night in Holstein, leading Kingsley-Pierson to a 6-4 Maple Valley Conference win over conference favorite Galva-Holstein.
The victory was the Panthers' first conference win in Holstein since the 2002 season.
"(Washburn) did a great job," said head coach Dean Harpenau. "We had a couple errors in the fourth and he had a hit batsman and walked a batter, but after that he was cruising, keeping them off stride and doing a great job of hitting his spots."
Washburn was staked to a 4-0 lead as the Panthers pushed across four runs in the top of the third inning. Ryan Schmid and Eric Sitzmann started out the frame with back-to-back singles and Schmid scored on a base hit by Isaiah Corbin. Sitzmann and Corbin later came across the plate on a two-run single by Jeff Engle. The inning was capped off by an RBI single by Brandon Schmid.
The Panthers led 4-3 heading into the sixth, but extended their lead to 5-3 when Corbin smacked his third hit of the contest to score Ryan Schmid, who led off the inning with a double.
"The last two games, (Ryan Schmid) has stepped up big for us at the plate," said Harpenau. "We've had some injuries and he's done a great job of filling in for us."
The Panthers, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play, return to the diamond tonight when they face Remsen-Union at home.