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PHS Baseball Stops Panthers’ Win Streak




Preston Stevens makes contact with the ball.– photo by Mario Gomez

Preston Stevens makes contact with the ball.– photo by Mario Gomez

After dropping the first two games of the week, the Pettisville baseball team finished with a pair of wins to improve to 4-8, 2-4 in the Buckeye Border Conference.

Edgerton 13, PHS 3

Pettisville traveled to Edgerton, Monday, April 24, for a non-league contest.

The Bulldogs (13-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning on its way to a 13-3 five-inning win.

Dillon King took the loss, giving up six runs on three hits with two walks in 1/3 of an inning.

Logan Rufenacht was 2- 2 at the plate with a double and a run batted in. Landon Roth added a base hit.

Stryker 10, PHS 0

The Panthers and Blackbirds resumed their BBC rivalry, Tuesday, April 25, at Stryker.

The Stryker bats were red hot, scoring three runs in each of the first and second innings and two runs in each of the fourth and fifth.

Pettisville’s bats were silenced by Stryker pitcher Brody Shock, who allowed only one hit with 10 strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

Roth had the lone hit for PHS.

Austin Horning pitched four innings for PHS, allowing eight runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

PHS 6, Stryker 4

The Blackbirds stopped Stryker’s 11-game win streak, Thursday, April 27, with a 6-4 victory at Pettisville.

Stryker (11-2, 6-1 BBC) scored twice in the top of the third inning, but the Birds scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 3-2 lead.

Pettisville tacked on one run in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.

The Panthers scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings but it was not enough to overtake the Birds.

Pettisville tallied 11 hits, led by Horning, who went 3- 4 with a double.

Eli Norr had a triple, Roth had a pair of base hits, and Dillon King, Nate Hartzler, John Rufenacht, Justin Rupp, and L. Rufenacht all had singles.

Hartzler was the winning pitcher, going seven innings and giving up four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

PHS 6, Liberty Center 3

Liberty Center (6-8) visited Pettisville, Friday, April 28, for a non-league contest.

Pettisville led 6-1 after two and was helped by Mother Nature when the game was called after five innings due to weather and the Birds up 6-3.

The Birds had only three hits: two singles from King with one RBI, and a double from Horning with a pair of RBIs.

L. Rufenacht pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits with one walk.

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