Kirby Washburn threw a complete game one-hitter as Kingsley-Pierson held off Battle Creek-Ida Grove 4-3 in a Maple Valley Conference match-up Tuesday in Kingsley.
Five fielding errors nearly spoiled Washburn's gem, but the Panthers were able to push across the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning to hold the Falcons at bay.
"They gave us some help and we gave them some help tonight," said K-P coach Dean Harpenau. "We have some new guys in new positions and we have a few people out right now. Pitching is keeping us in games right now."
Defense cost K-P a win Monday night in a season-opener at Akron-Westfield. The Panthers led 4-3 through five innings, but allowed an unearned run in the sixth that tied the score and the Westerners went on to win in eight innings 5-4.
"Defense was one of the things that hurt us last year," said Harpenau. "We're just trying to find ourselves right now. I'm hoping when we get some of our people back in the lineup, we'll start taking steps forward."
Miscues in the field played a big part in Tuesday's game as well, with K-P able to take an early 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of BCIG errors.
Ben Rager broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI fielder's choice and the Panthers tacked on two more runs on an error and a passed ball.
K-P quickly returned the favor, however, as the Falcons scored two unearned runs in the top of the third to close the gap to 3-2.
The Panthers picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth as Tyler Donaldson singled and later scored on a Chris Olson fielder's choice. Olson's RBI proved to be the game-winner as BCIG drew within one with another unearned run in the top of the fifth.
Washburn kept the Falcons in check over the final two frames to pick up the complete-game win, allowing no earned runs on one hit with six strikeouts and three walks.
The Panthers had six hits in support of Washburn, including a 2 for 3 night from Kevin Powell. Andrew Zellmer, Rager, Donaldson and Justin Laddusaw all added hits as K-P evened its record at 1-1.
K-P will now play rival Gehlen Catholic Thursday at home before hosting its own tournament Saturday.