KNOXVILLE — The runs were plentiful and strikes were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference matchup between Knoxville and Bondurant-Farrar. The two teams combined for 15 hits and 18 walks as there was a lot of traffic on the bases that resulted in an 18-8 win in six innings for the Panthers.
The scoring started early with the first two Knoxville batters reaching on walks before Luke Spaur would eventually score on a wild pitch to get on the board. Bode Cox would be robbed in his first at-bat as his sinking line drive was caught by a diving Devon Keuning in center field before tossing it to second to double up the Panthers and end the threat for more runs.
Bondurant-Farrar took that momentum into the next inning as they brought across three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
That lead would be short lived as the Bluejays had trouble finding the strike zone in the third inning. Six walks and three Knoxville hits later and the Panthers would bat around while bringing in nine runs to retake a 10-3 lead.
Both teams kept up the scoring the rest of the way but the damage had been done as Knoxville would eventually secure the run-rule win on a Bondurant-Farrar error in the sixth.
Cox finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Knoxville while Mike Hudson and Jaxon Zuck also both had two RBIs on the night. Spaur didn’t record an official at-bat after going 0-for-0 with five walks. Beau Leisure, Evan Eck and Dakota Ramsey all had one RBI.
Zuck grabbed the win after going four innings giving up six runs on five hits with five walks and six strikeouts. Eck finished off the last two innings while giving up two runs on one hit and one walk with one punch out.
Knoxville (7-10, 4-6 SCC) picked up their third straight win in the week and will now hit the road on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to take on Pleasantville (7-12).