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Panther baseball team wins three


Prairie Heights raised its varsity baseball record to 9-6 with three wins earlier this week.

A three-run first inning proved to be enough for the Panthers Monday night in a 3-2 victory over visiting West Noble. Jacob Heller smacked a two-run homer and Joey Barry ripped an RBI double to fuel the opening salvo.

Heights pitcher Corey Johnson made the three runs stand up with some gritty pitching. Johnson gave up seven hits, walked two and struckout nine en route to the complete-game win.

The Panthers came back on Tuesday to whip Churubusco, 5-1 to push their NECC mark to 5-2. Kyle Burkholder gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second inning.

Prairie Heights then took advantage of some sloppy Churubusco defense to plate four runs in the third inning. The Eagles scored a run in the sixth, but would get no more off winning hurler Bo Murphy, who scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and fanned three over seven frames.

Coach Nick Pfafman’s squad stepped out of conference Wednesday night when it hosted Garrett. Yet another solid pitching performance, this time by Jacob Heller, propelled the Panthers to a 5-0 victory over the Railroaders.

Heller held Garrett to just two hits, walked five and struckout three in recording the third straight complete-game effort by a Heights pitcher. At the plate, Heller slammed a solo home run and poked an RBI single.

David Shannon belted his first varsity homer for the Panthers. Johnson plated another Heights tally with a squeeze bunt.