Panthers baseball fall to 2-4 after loss to Knights |

Panthers baseball fall to 2-4 after loss to Knights

Jacob Smith pitches in a game against Clear Creek during his freshmen year.
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The Middle Park Panthers lost a heartbreaker to the DSST: Stapleton Knights Wednesday afternoon, allowing the Knights to come back in the top of the seventh to steal the game, 10-7.

The Panthers were leading 7-5 entering the seventh, but couldn’t hold off a surging Knights team that put up five runs in the final frame to secure their third straight win.

Sophomore Jacob Smith got the nod on the mound and tossed six solid innings. He allowed five hits, four walks and struck out four while allowing five runs (two earned). Sophomore James Gallegos took over in the seventh, and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one.

The outing lowered Smith’s ERA to a sparkling 1.87 in four appearances this year. He’s leading the team in innings pitched (15), and is tied for the lead in strikeouts with 12. Gallegos had been good coming into the game, allowing just two earned runs over his last nine innings, but struggled to keep runners off base in this one, and his ERA balloon to 4.90.

Junior Ben Kuhnel had a nice day at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and two RBI. Senior Sam Colley went 1-4 with a home run and two RBI, Sophomore Gabe Loberg went 3-4 with an RBI, Junior Turner Bjerken went 2-4 with a run, Gallegos went 2-4 with a run, Sophomore Sebastian Brower went 1-3 with a run and RBI, and Senior Kyger Mintken went 1-4 with a run.

Next up for the Panthers is a road game against the 2-5 Clear Creek Golddiggers on Thursday, before they return home to take on the 5-1 Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes April 16.

*The Panthers’ Thursday game against Clear Creek was after the Sky-Hi News press deadline.

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