Panthers’ bats lift team over Golddiggers, 15-13
The Middle Park Panthers bounced back from an ugly loss against the DSST: Stapleton Knights on Wednesday afternoon, taking down the Clear Creek Golddiggers in a slug out, 15-13. The win moves Middle Park to 3-4 on the year.
The bats were alive on both sides, with the Panthers putting up a season high 15 runs. Senior Kyger Mintken led the charge going 3-4 with two runs and three RBI. Junior Ben Kuhnel went 3-5 with a triple, two runs and two RBI; Sophomore James Gallegos went 2-4 with two runs and two RBI; Junior Aidan Roubidoux went 2-5 with two runs and an RBI; and Junior Turner Bjerken went 1-3 with two walks, a double, three runs and an RBI.
In all, 11 Panthers reached base safely, nine had hits and six had multi-hit games.
Gallegos returned to the mound just a day after getting rocked for five earned runs in one inning, but rebounded nicely in this one. He struck out 11 over four innings, and allowed seven runs (three earned), five hits and one walk. The Panthers had five errors in the game.
Sophomore Vinny Troccoli threw two innings of three run ball (two earned), with two hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Kuhnel pitched one inning, allowed three runs (two earned), with three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
The Panthers seem to be trended in the right direction, but they’ll run into a tough matchup against the 5-2 Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes on Monday. As a team the Buffaloes are hitting .384 and have an on base percentage of .477, both of which dwarf the Panther’s numbers. But the Buffaloes are coming off a 13-4 loss to Faith Christian, and will have to travel to Middle Park for the game.
The Panthers head back on the road to take on the 2-4 KIPP Denver Collegiate White Tigers on Wednesday.
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