Panthers best Pirates in six-inning bout


After four and a half innings of close baseball, the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers were able to pour on the runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat the Belton Pirates 11-1.
Hunter Phillips started on the mound for Ray-Pec and gave a solid outing against the cross-town rivals. Through six innings of work, Phillips struck out eight batters and walked three while giving up three hits on just a single earned run.
Nate Brown took the ball for the Pirates and pitched well. Defensive errors caused a wider deficit through his five innings than what there should have been.
Through five, Brown struck out four batters, walked one, allowed seven hits and two earned runs, though four baserunners scored overall in his outing.
Heading into the bottom of the third, the game was scoreless. Storm Rynard was able to get on base via a Pirate error and two batters later Austyn Cochran, who hit a grand slam last week, drove him in.
In the top of the fourth Belton answered right back with a run of their own. After Zack Kelly broke into the hit column for his team with a double, Nate Brown moved him to third on a single and Jordan Turner drove him home on a fielder’s choice.
IMG_0068-2-2The scoring continued in the bottom of the fourth as Josh Scribner reached first by getting hit by a pitch before stealing second. Another fielding error by the Pirates eventually scored Scribner a couple of batters later to put the home team ahead 2-1.
Phillips kept Belton’s bats quiet in the fifth before his team would pad their lead in the bottom half of the inning.
The fifth looked a lot like the third as Austyn Cochran drove in Storm Rynard on another single. Cochran would also score in the inning as he was driven in by Alex Hunt. These were the only two earned runs given up by Nate Brown in his five-inning start.
Hunter Phillips got two strikeouts in the top of the sixth and the Panthers led 4-1 heading into the home half of the inning.
The Pirates sent Zack Kelly to the mound and Ray-Pec would unload in a monster inning that would eventually propel them to victory.
Starting off the inning, Jordan Van Trump reached on a walk before being moved over by a sacrifice bunt. Next in the lineup was Rynard who smacked a double into the outfield collecting his first RBI of the contest and his third hit. He would also finish with three runs.
Including the Rynard at bat, seven straight Panthers reached base on six hits. Rynard, Jeremy Habelitz, Austyn Cochran, Jake and Josh Scribner, Alex Hunt, and Blake Skeed would all drive in and/or score runs in the inning. The final blow came off the bat of Skeed who landed a double with the bases loaded to put Ray-Pec ahead 11-1. The mercy rule was applied and game was called after just under six innings of play.
Raymore-Peculiar moves to 7-9 on the year and Belton falls to 4-8.


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