KC downs City

By Dennis Mills

Knox Central High School’s Meredith Russell crossed home plate on Monday night as the Panthers defeated 51st District opponent Barbourville 26-13 in five innings.
Knox Central High School’s Meredith Russell crossed home plate on Monday night as the Panthers defeated 51st District opponent Barbourville 26-13 in five innings.

Barbourville’s Shelbie Jones attempts to tag out Knox Central’s Savannah Abner at home plate on Monday night in a 51st District match-up. Knox Central defeated Barbourville for their sixth win of the season and they remain perfect in district play at 4-0.
Barbourville’s Shelbie Jones attempts to tag out Knox Central’s Savannah Abner at home plate on Monday night in a 51st District match-up. Knox Central defeated Barbourville for their sixth win of the season and they remain perfect in district play at 4-0.

The Panthers held the Tigers scoreless in the first inning while putting up 9 runs of their own. Cassie Hale, Hallie Gambrel, Savannah Abner and Madison Hicks each had singles in the inning while senior Kristin Smith recorded a double that resulted in two RBI’s.  The Panthers added seven more in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 16-0.

The Tigers clawed back in the top of the third inning by cutting the Panthers lead in half by putting up eight runs. Madason Thomas hit a two RBI double and Lauren Farmer took two bases on a short right field fly ball that drove in two runs.

The Panther offense would not be denied as they scored three in the third and seven more in the fifth to force a run rule ending mid-way through the fifth inning with a score of 26-13.

Knox Central will be back in action on Apr. 28 at McCreary Central and then again at home on Apr. 30 against Pulaski County.

The Tigers travel to Cumberland Gap, TN Apr. 29 and take on Oneida Baptist Institute at home on Apr. 29 before taking on 51st District opponent Lynn Camp on May 1 for another home game.