The Stone Memorial Panther baseball team battled the elements Friday night to win a rain-shorted 9-1 five-inning game at Knox Fulton to extend their winning streak to two games, after beating Midway 11-1 last Thursday evening on Panther field.
SMHS 9, Knox Fulton 1: Panther pitcher Gabriel Caballero battled the Fulton Falcons and the elements to bring home the second win in two nights with his fellow SMHS teammates. Caballero pitched five complete innings in the rain shortened contest.
Leadoff batter Luke Matthews hit a single in the top of the first and would make it to third on Austin Helton's single. Jason Moldenhauer walked to load the bases. Nathan Greene's fielder's choice scored Matthews followed by Caballero's hit to score Helton.
Clay Wilson roped a double in the second, but would be left on base.
The Panthers brought 11 batters to the plate in the top of the third to swell the lead to 7-0.
Helton reached on an error, advanced to second and scored Moldenhauer's single. Cabellero singled and Moldenhauer scored on A.J. Tarallo's fielder's chioce. Back-to-back-to-back walks were were issued to John Martin, Clay Wilson and Sawyer Casey, with Matthews reaching on an error and Helton walking to help swell the score.
Greene led off the fourth with a single, but would be called out at second on Caballero's fielder's choice. Tarallo and Martin both singled with a walk issued to Casey, bringing the lead to 9-0.
Fulton scored one unearned run in their half of the inning.
Greene singled in the top of the fifth and Caballero was hit by a pitch, but no runs were scored.
Caballero gave up one hit, three strikeouts, one walk, one hit batsman and one unearned run. Greene led the offense with two hits, followed by Wilson's double, and singles were delivered by Matthews, Helton, Moldenhauer, Caballero and Martin.
SMHS 11, Midway 1: Stone Memorial hosted the Midway Green Waves Thursday night and posted an 11-1 non-district win.
Senior Nathan Greene pitched four complete innings for his first win this season. Austin Robertson entered in relief in the fifth in the run-rule shortened contest.
Stone scored in the bottom of the first when Austin Helton walked and advanced to third on Jason Moldenhauer's double. Greene hit into a fielder's choice to bring Helton home. John Martin walked in the bottom of the second then advanced to second on a steal. Clay Wilson also reached on a walk, with both runners advancing on Sawyer Casey's single. Luke Matthews advanced to first when he was hit by a pitch. Helton and Moldenhauer produced back-to-back singles for a 4-0 lead.
Panthers scored three more runs in the fourth on consecutive base hits from Matthews, Helton, Moldenhauer and Greene.
Entering into the bottom of the fifth with a 7-1 lead, A.J. Tarallo reached first on an error by the right fielder. Martin received his second walk, followed by singles from Wilson, Casey and Matthews. Moldenhauer hit a double to score the 11th run to end the game.
Jason Moldenhauer continued his hitting ways, going four-for-four to lead the Panther offense. Matthews, Austin Helton and Sawyer Casey each added two hits, with Wilson and Greene each adding singles.
Greene allowed one hit, two walks, four strikeouts and no runs, while Robertson recorded one walk, one strikeout and one unearned run in the final inning.
Schedule: SMHS will host CCHS tonight at 6 p.m., while Monday night's game at CCHS was rescheduled for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. The Panthers will play in the Rhea County Tournament on Thursday.