Panthers baseball lose four straight to end season |

Panthers baseball lose four straight to end season

The Middle Park Panthers Baseball Club struggled to close out the regular season this week, dropping their last four games to finish the year at 8-10. The Panthers were unable to ride the high provided by Jacob Smith’s no-hitter last week, losing to The Academy, Peak to Peak, Sterling and Moffat County in blowout fashion.

The Academy (L) 11-1

Junior Ben Kuhnel toed the rubber against The Academy Wildcats on Friday, but struggled to miss bats. He gave up 11 runs (two earned) on ten hits, two walks and four strikeouts over five innings.

The offense also stumbled against Wildcat starter Sophomore Trenton Miller, who allowed one run on eight hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Sebastian Brower went 2-2 with a double, a walk and Middle Park’s only run. Senior Sam Colley went 1-2 with an RBI.

Peak to Peak (L) 13-5

Sophomore James Gallegos got the start against the Peak to Peak Pumas on Saturday, but was outmatched by the Pumas strong offensive outing. Gallegos gave up eight runs (four earned) on nine hits, four walks and three strikeouts over three innings. Sophomore Vinny Troccoli finished the game, allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Junior Aidan Roubidoux led the charge on offense, going 1-4 with two RBI. Freshmen Jessee Claney went 1-1 with a run, Kuhnel went 1-4 with a run, Junior Turner Bjerken went 1-3 with a run, Colley went 1-2 with a double and an RBI, and Brower went 1-2 with a run.

Sterling (L) 10-0

Sophomore Jacob Smith returned to the mound for the first time after no-hitting the Bruce Randolph Grizzlies earlier this month. What looked like another great performance through three innings quickly unraveled in the fourth and fifth innings. Smith allowed ten runs (nine earned) on five hits, four walks and five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.

The Panther offense couldn’t get anything going against Sophomore Chris Scherbarth, who blanked the Panthers over five innings, and allowed just one hit and one walk. It was the first time Middle Park was shutout since March 17 against Aspen. Turner Bjerken recorded the lone hit, and Ben Kuhnel drew a walk.

Moffat County (L) 14-2

Junior Aidan Roubidoux got the start in the Panthers’ regular season finale, but got touched up for six runs (five earned) on three hits, one walk and five strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings. Junior Stone McGuan came in to finish the game, allowing eight runs (two earned) on five hits and five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.

Turner Bjerken had a nice day at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBI. Roubidoux went 2-4 with a run, and sophomore Paul Eichler scored a run.

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