By outscoring their opponents 47-10 in five games, the Knox Central Panthers dominated the competition at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during Spring Break.
Knox Central got the trip started with a 15-3 win over Kentucky Country Day, followed by a 3-0 victory over Independence (OH).
After a one-day break to enjoy the beach, Knox Central was back at it with a 15-2 win over Calvary Day School (NC), followed by a 2-1 win over Chesterfield (SC). The Panthers ended the trip with a 12-4 thrashing over Livonia (NY).
The five wins run Knox Central’s overall record to 7-1. The Panthers’ lone loss came in late March at North Laurel in a rematch of last year’s 13th Region Championship game.
After facing Harlan on Tuesday as the paper went to press, Knox Central is scheduled to host Pineville on Thursday, April 12, and then Harlan County on Monday, April 16.
Game one and game two of the Myrtle Beach trip were reported in last week’s paper.
KC 15, Calvary Day 2
Knox Central scored five in the first inning and never looked back, adding two in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the game after five on the mercy rule.
Knox Central had nine hits and also had players reach base nine time on walks. Jacob Engle had two hits, three RBI and scored two runs. Larken Abner also had three RBI for the winners.
Dane Imel collected two hits in three at bats while driving in a pair and scoring one run. Jaylen Adams had two hits and one RBI while scoring three runs.
Blevin Campbell had one hit and scored three runs. Evan Landrum added one hit, one RBI and crossed the plate two times.
Peyton Payne walked two times and scored both times. Brady Worley had one hit in two at bats with two RBI. Ethan Mills scored a pair of runs.
Engel and Landrum both had doubles in the game, while one of Imel’s hits was a triple.
Knox Central stole 13 bases in the game. Adams, Campbell, Imel and Payne swiped two bases each. Abner, Engle, Landrum, Mills and Worley all stole one each.
Corey Bright started the game on the hill and struck out three while allowing just one earned run on two hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. Landrum then worked a scoreless inning while allowing just one hit and no walks. Adam Lay finished the game, allowing one hit and striking out one in 0.2 innings.
KC 2, Chesterfield 1
Peyton Payne pitched a gem for Knox Central, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk in the complete-game effort. He stuck out eight. He threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 25 batters he faced.
The Panthers had six hits in the game, two from Jacob Engle, and one each from Jaylen Adams, Evan Landrum, Thomas Jackson and Dane Imel. Engle, Imel and Landrum each had a double.
Blevin Campbell and Adams scored the team’s two runs. Adams and Engle had the RBI.
Adams and Engle stole a pair of bases each. Campbell swiped one.
Knox Central scored in the first and third innings and led 2-0 heading into the final inning. Chesterfield rallied in the seventh with one run before Knox Central ended the threat.
KC 12, Livonia 4
With the game tied 2-2 going into the fifth inning, Knox Central exploded for 10 runs over the final three innings to turn the game into a blowout. The Panthers scored five in the fifth and five in the seventh.
Knox Central had 21 base hits in the contest, compared to only four by Livonia.
Corey Bright, Brady Worley, Peyton Payne and Evan Landrum had three hits each for the winners. Blevin Campbell, Jaylen Adams, Jacob Engle, and Dane Imel added two apiece, while Thomas Jackson contributed one.
Campbell, Adams, Worley and Ethan Mills crossed the plate two times each. Landrum, Payne, Jackson and Imel scored one apiece.
Campbell and Bright knocked in two runs each for the Panthers. Adams, Engle, Landrum, Payne, Jackson, and Worley knocked in one apiece.
Imel and Worley each had a triple in the contest.
Jackson worked five strong innings on the hill, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six. Campbell and Engle then worked a scoreless, hitless inning each. Campbell stuck out two in his inning of work.