By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Riding a four-game losing skid entering Tuesday’s 51st District match-up with rival Barbourville, the Knox Central Panthers needed a win in the worst way.
They managed to get it thanks to a seven-run third inning while moving one step closer to the 51st District’s top seed by defeating the Tigers, 14-2.
“We needed this win,” Knox Central coach Brandon Hillard said. “It’s nice to get a bit closer in getting the No. 1 seed and any time we can get it, I’ll take it.
“We have struggled a bit this past week, so it’s nice to get a win,” he added. “I’d love to be getting the wins on a grand scale like against North Laurel, but we are improving.”
The pitching of Seth Hill kept Barbourville hitters at bay the entire game while Knox Central’s hitters took care of the rest.
Hill tossed all five innings and allowed only two runs on three hits while fanning eight batters.
“Seth came out and threw strikes,” Hillard said. “When he comes out of the gate like that and we’re hitting, good things happen.”
Hunter McRight continued his hot hitting at the plate by delivering a double during his 2-for-2 effort. He also drove in two runs. Jake Stewart collected a hit and drove in two runs in the win while teammate Zach Earls went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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