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Panther baseball sweeps Elkhart Christian


The Prairie Heights varsity baseball team brought out the heavy lumber Saturday in sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Elkhart Christian.

In the first game, the Panthers racked up a dozen hits, scoring five runs in the third and six more in the fourth en route to an 11-0 pasting of the Eagles. Joey Barry drove in four runs with a home run and a single, while Corey Johnson plated three with a double and a single.

Jacob Heller, Matt Handshoe and Bobby Blum all had two hits for the Panthers, with one of Heller’s rips going for a triple and one of Handshoe’s resulting in a double.

Winning pitcher Bo Murphy allowed three hits and struckout five in four innings. Kris O’Connor tossed the final frame.

The nightcap saw the Panthers and Eagles combine for 30 runs, 26 hits and nine errors. When the dust had settled, Heights emerged with a 20-10 triumph.

Barry and Heller each left the yard for the Panthers and finished with four and three RBI, respectively. Johnson and Handshoe delivered three hits and two runs, Spencer Hess plated three with a double and a single, Quinten Bland socked a triple and Spencer High poked an RBI single.

Heller went all five innings on the mound, giving up 10 hits, striking out four and walking two.

The sweep lifted the Panther season record to 6-3.