No. 10 Kingsley-Pierson beats rival for third time to win district
KINGSLEY — The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team faced off against Western Valley Conference rival Woodbury Central for the third time in a Class 1A district final contest on Saturday. The No. 10 ranked Panthers beat the Wildcats for the third time with a 4-1 win, following up their earlier triumphs of 16-6 and 4-3 earlier in the season.
Kingsley-Pierson took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the third as Evan Neumann reached safely on a fielder’s choice.
Kyan Schultzen tied the game in the top of the fourth as he beat out a close play at first. The Wildcats threatened to add more with the bases loaded, but Neumann struck out Dallas Kluender to end the inning.
Conner Beelner gave the Panthers the lead back in the bottom of the fourth with a base hit up the middle scoring a run. They added another run in the inning with an infield single from Neumann.
The Panthers added their final run the next inning on a base hit to right field off the bat of Beau Bubke, one of his team-leading two hits in the game.
Neumann ended up getting the win on the mound as he went six innings, giving up the run on four hits, two walks and a hit batter. He finished with four strikeouts. Beelner got the final three outs with two of those being via strikeout.
Woodbury Central finishes the season with a 19-6 record with half of those losses coming against the Panthers.
Kingsley-Pierson improved to 25-4 with the win. They advanced to the substate game against Tri-Center, a rematch of last year’s substate game which the Trojans won by a 5-0 score.