Panthers roll past Trinity

Friday, June 29, 2012

KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team jumped ahead early and never looked back in a 14-3, six-inning win over Trinity Christian on Thursday in Kingsley.

The Panthers (17-7) scored three runs in the first inning and five in the second to take an 8-0 lead after two innings. Trinity Christian got on the board with a run in the top of the third, but K-P matched it with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Trinity Christian scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and the Panthers scored three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to end the game.

Eight different Panthers recorded a hit, and K-P finished with 12 hits overall. Senior Travis Neumann was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. He recorded four RBIs and three runs scored.

Senior Tate Rohde hit 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored. Senior Brandon Bainbridge added two hits and two RBIs. Eighth-grader Scottie Plendl tallied two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Panthers also combined for 10 stolen bases. Rohde had four stolen bases and Plendl swiped two.

Stolen bases continue to be a big part of K-P's offense this season. The Panthers have stolen 168 bases in 24 games, which is the third highest total in the state of Iowa. Rohde leads the team with 45 stolen bases. Neumann has 31, and Henrich has swiped 21.

Eighth-grader Corey Ross pitched five innings for K-P and picked up the win. He allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits. He struck out two and walked three.

Neumann pitched one inning and struck out the side. He allowed no runs, hits or walks.

K-P will play again Friday at Boyer Valley.

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