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May 13, 2014

Knox Central blanks Whitley

CORBIN — By John Stepp For The Times-Tribune  

Behind the arm of freshman pitcher Seth Hill, the Knox Central Panthers blanked the Whitley County Colonels 4-0 in 13th Region baseball action.  

Hill pitched a complete game for the Panthers, scattering six hits and striking out four batters in an impressive performance.  

"He's been with us since the seventh-grade and he has really developed in our program," said Knox Central coach Brandon Hillard. "That is business as usual for him. He's been in a lot of games this year where he didn't get much run support, and he got it tonight and we were able to come away with the win."  

Whitley County never seemed to get over the hump at the plate. The Colonels had base runners in all but one inning, but failed to come up with a big hit in key situations.

"When you have a runner on third with less than two outs in the inning and can't get him home, you aren't going to win many games like that," said Whitley County coach Kyle Adams. "Timely hits really got us tonight. We couldn't get base runners across and that was really the difference in the game."

Knox Central took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when a single by Jacob Stewart brought Jacob Collins around to score. Stewart led Knox Central at the plate with two hits and two runs batted in. Collins, Jacob Nelson and Evan Lay each finished with two hits as well.  

"We've struggled to score runs this year. Finally I saw us starting to put some hits together," Hillard said. "The score went from one to two and we kept going and I was glad we finally gave Seth (Hills) some run support."  

 The Panthers added two more runs in the fourth inning and another in the top of the seventh, giving them the 4-0 victory.  

"This was a good win for us. That's a difficult field to play on and to go down there and get the win, I was really happy with that," said Hillard. "This is the type of win we needed heading into the district tournament next week."  

Despite the loss, Adams said his team will bounce back and be ready for tournament play next Monday.  

"We were coming off of a weekend tournament and I think we were a little tired. But, that's no excuse," Adams said. "I think we'll be fine. Knox Central has a good squad and they are similar to South Laurel who we play next week. We just have to do a better job of hitting the baseball."

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