No. 10 K-P advances to district final
KINGSLEY ó The Class 1A No. 10 ranked Kingsley-Pierson baseball team won 11-1 in five innings over IKM-Manning in a district semifinal game on Wednesday.
The Panthers scored three in the second inning and eight in the third inning for all of their scoring. The Wolves got their lone run in the top of the fifth, but could not get back under the 10 run margin as the Panthers finished the game early.
Jackson Howe led the Panthers with a 3 RBI game at the plate. Howe had a single and double and also drew a walk in the game. Leadoff batter Damon Schmid also had a single and double as he drove in a run. Boston Doeschot had the other multi-hit game with two singles.
Emerson Pratt and Beau Goodwin each hit a double as Pratt ended with a 2 RBI game and Goodwin drove in one run. Evan Neumann and Brandon Kron had the other RBIs in the game as each hit a single.
The Panthers scored eight of their runs against Treyton Barry who took the loss after pitching two innings. Lane Sams threw the other two innings for the Wolves and gave up three runs.
Doeschot pitched the first three innings for the Panthers and earned the win. He gave up one hit, hit a batter and walked two, but didnít allow a run as he finished with four strikeouts.
Kevin Wright struck out three and walked two in a scoreless inning of relief. Schmid gave up an unearned run while walking three and striking out two in the other inning on the mound for the Panthers.
Barry crossed home plate for the lone run for the Wolves in the game.
IKM-Manning finishes the season with a 10-14 record.
Kingsley-Pierson will take a 24-4 record into their district final contest against Woodbury Central (19-5) at home on Saturday.
The Western Valley Conference rivals have met twice already this season with the Panthers winning both. The team won the first by a 16-6 score in five innings. The most recent game was a 4-3 victory for K-P. The teams also met in the district final last season, an 11-1 victory in six innings for the Panthers.