Panthers best Wildcats in prime D4 matchup


Staff Report



CHILLICOTHE — The Clay Panthers liked what they saw in their trip to Chillicothe to play at the VA Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers — seeded No. 3 in the Division IV district tournaments that were released on Sunday — took care of business against the No. 4 seed Whiteoak Wildcats in a non-league meeting at the site of the upcoming D4 district championships.

Clay caught onto Whiteoak’s pitching late, scoring 10-unanswered runs from the bottom of the fourth inning on in their 12-2 win in six innings.

Clay totaled 10 hits, including three by senior Shaden Malone. Malone’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth helped jump-start a five-run inning and propel the Panthers to a win in six innings.

Senior Clay Cottle earned the win on the mound, allowing five hits and no earned runs in four and one-third innings pitched.

Malone took over in relief in the fifth and retired every batter he faced of the next five.

Mitchell King and Jaden Jessee both had a pair of RBI in the victory, while Evan Woods and Carson Porginski had one each.

“This was a really big win for our program,” Panthers coach Marc Cottle said, afterwards. “Whiteoak is a well coached, very good team and we were able to come out on top. Clay and Shaden pitched well and we hit from top to bottom of the lineup.”

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BOX SCORE

Whiteoak: 1 0 0 1 0 0 — 2 5 3

Clay: 2 0 0 2 3 5 — 12 10 2

W: Cottle (C), L: Emery: (W)

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