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Panther boys sweep Lakewood Park


Prairie Heights opened its 2013 varsity baseball season in grand style this past Saturday by sweeping a doubleheader from host Lakewood Park.

In the opener, Corey Johnson banged out three hits, drove in two runs and scored three times in leading the Panthers to an 11-8 victory. Johnson also collected two of Heights’ 14 stolen bases in the tilt.

Joey Barry, who swiped four bases, contributed a hit and a run to the Panther attack. Jared Beechy cracked an RBI double, while Kyle Burkholder, Jacob Heller and Casey Rowe all lined run-scoring singles.

Four pitchers took the mound for the Panthers in the first tilt, with Mike Gustin getting the win and Heller a save. The quartet combined to allow eight hits, walk eight and strikeout five.

Johnson enjoyed an even better game in the nightcap, as his four hits and five innings of solid pitching led Prairie Heights to an 11-10 triumph. Johnson plated four runs with his safeties and scored three runs. On the mound, Johnson worked the first five innings, scattering 13 hits, walking four and whiffing seven.

Heller knocked in three runs in the second game with a double and a triple. He also came on to strikeout the final Lakewood Park batter to notch his second save.

Bobby Blum and Bo Murphy each added two hits and a RBI to the Panther ledger. Beechy, Quinten Bland and Dylan Stayner all whacked a RBI single, while Barry scored three times and stole three bases.