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Knoxville Survives Ballard Comeback In 3A District

The Knoxville Baseball Squad hung on for a 6-5 win over Ballard last night in the Class 3A district. Knoxville fell behind in the first inning 1-0 and with the Bombers up by one run, likely the key play of the game occurred in the bottom of the first inning when Knoxville turned a double play as Kaden Loscher stepped on third to get the first out and gunned down the runner to Catcher Tony Salato at home to retire the side. Knoxville tied the game at one in the second on a Bryce Zoutte R-B-I single, then the Panthers opened up the game with four runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead, and tacked on the sixth run in the fourth. However, Ballard would chip away and get to within six/five in the bottom of the seventh, but Zoutte pitching in relief struck out two of the three Bombers to seal the win. Coach Joel Johnson said Zoutte came in a stepped up in a big situation. Kevin Woodhouse got the win starting for the Panthers, he went four-plus innings giving up four runs on seven hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Ross Shelford pitched one inning while Zoutte got the save going the final two innings of no hit ball and three strikeouts. Knoxville is now 16-15 on the season and will play Dallas Center-Grimes Monday night at seven. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 KNIA with the pregame at 6:45.