K-P baseball survives test from Sioux Central, winning streak snapped against MVAOCOU

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

PETERSON/KINGSLEY ó The Class 1A No. 8 Kingsley-Pierson baseball team had their biggest challenge in nearly three weeks as they squeaked by with a 5-3 win over Sioux Central on Thursday. The win was the 11th straight for the Panthers whose previous closest game on that streak had been a seven run margin against OABCIG.

All three of Sioux Centralís runs came in the second inning as they took a 3-2 lead following lone runs crossing the plate for the Panthers in each of their first two turns at bat. Matt Riordan didnít allow a hit in his start, but missed the strike zone with five walks which led to all three of the runs being charged to him. While only one of the runs was earned, Riordan was pulled in the second inning and took a no-decision.

The Panthers tied the game in the fifth and got the go-ahead runs in the sixth, all against Caleb Rock who took the complete game loss with six strikeouts.

Nathan Keck earned the win as he went five innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Keck was one of three Panthers to have multiple hits, joining Kyler Krieg and Matt Christophersen. Krieg scored twice out of the leadoff spot as he had a double and drove in a run. The elder Christophersen also scored twice as he had a walk in addition to his two hits.

Jessen Reinking and Damon Bowman picked up the other RBIs for the team with Bowman having the teamís other extra-base hit with a double.

The winning streak was snapped the following night in a 1-0 game against MVAOCOU. The Rams won the prior meeting by a 2-0 score as they claim the Western Valley Conference regular season title with a 14-2 record, two games in front of the Panthers.

Zak Scott kept the Panthers off the scoreboard with a complete game shutout as he scattered five hits and struck out six. Scott moved to 8-0 on the season with the win.

Damon Schmid had a pair of hits and a stolen base to lead the Panthers with Krieg, Boe Harvey and Jackson Howe picking up the other three hits.

Reinking took the loss on the mound as he gave up an unearned run for the only run of the game. He struck out five in as many innings of work while allowing two hits and two walks. The two hits from Ely Funderman and Brecken Hayes were the only two of the game for the Rams as Funderman hit a double and scored the only run of the game.

Kingsley-Pierson moved to 21-4 on the season after those games.

Kingsley-Pierson1 1 0 0 1 2 0 5
Sioux Central0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3

K-P: Hits- 11; Walks- 1; 2B- Krieg, Bowman; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Krieg, Reinking, Bowman; Pitching: Matt Riordan- 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 Ks; Nathan Keck (W)- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 Ks; Damon Schmid- 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

MVAOCOU0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
K-P0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

K-P: Hits- 5; Walks- None; 2B- Howe; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- None; Pitching: Jessen Reinking (L)- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks; Damon Schmid- 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 Ks; Matt Christophersen- 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.

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