Defending-champion Panthers top defensive team in 13th Region

The defending 13th Region champion Knox Central Panthers have picked up in 2018 where they left off a year ago and are once again a leader not just locally, but in the region and state.

Knox Central, which currently owns a 12-2 record after a nine-game winning streak, is second overall in the 13th Region. Only Clay County, which sits at 13-6 overall, has more wins than the Panthers.

Knox Central will host Clay County on Monday, April 23, with game time set for 6 p.m.

A key to Knox Central’s success has been a high-octane offense that has scored 125 runs in 14 games. But it’s the Panthers’ defense that has been the most dominate, allowing just 35 runs, an average of just over two per contest.

Knox Central also sits atop the District 51 standings at 2-0 and will enter post-season play as the top seed unless something drastic happens over the next month. Barbourville, at 7-7, is second in the district standings and is also 2-0 against district foes. The two cross-town rivals face off on Tuesday, April 24.

Pineville is 4-12 overall and 0-3 in district play. Lynn Camp is 2-6, but owns the #3 seed for post-season district play with a 1-2 record that includes a victory over Pineville.

Below is a look at the 13th Region Standings as of Sunday, April 22.