Panthers leave Devils blue

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2004

GALLIPOLIS - And the offense keeps coming.

The Chesapeake Panthers reached double digits in hits for the second straight game as they beat the Gallipolis Blue Devils 6-3 Wednesday.

"We've been hitting the ball well lately. Hopefully, we can keep it up," Panthers coach Joe Waugh said.

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Justin Finley and Jeff Gilkison were 2-3 while Benji Pyles, Phillip Butcher and Matt Whitmore all went 2-4 to pace an 11-hit attack.

The Panthers took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Pyles doubled to start the rally and Finley tripled him home. Gilkison was hit by a pitch and Whitmore and Butcher each singled home a run. Zach Henderson also singled to drive in a run.

The Panthers got two insurance runs in the fifth inning.

P.J. Rase was safe on an outfield error, Finley singled and both moved up on Gilkison's single. Butcher then delivered a two-run single.

Gallipolis got all three of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Steve Kenney walked, moved up on a fielder's choice and Tyler Clagg singled. Luke Haislop, Austin King and Casey Taylor all had RBI singles.

Rase got the win with relief help from Kersten Harris.

Chesapeake, 14-6, plays at Rock Hill Thursday in the Ohio Valley Conference finale. The Panthers need a win to gain a share of the league title.

The Panthers had 17 hits as they routed South Gallia 16-6 on Tuesday. Finley was 4-4, Butcher 3-3 and Keith Marcum 2-2 to pace the offense.

Harris got the win as he struck out nine, walked two and gave up five hits.



P.J. Rase, Kersten Harris (5) and Justin Finley. Steve Kenney and Steve Pullins. W-Rase (3-K, 1-W). Save-Harris (3-K, 2-W). L-Kenney (2-K, 0-W, 1-HBP). 2B-Chesapeake: Benji Pyles, Jeff Gilkison; Gallipolis: Kenney. 3B-Chesapeake: Justin Finley. Hitting-Chesapeake: Benji Pyles 2-4, Justin Finley 2-3, Jeff Gilkison 2-3, Matt Whitmore 2-4, Phillip Butcher 2-4, Zach Henderson 1-4; Gallipolis: Tyler Clagg 1-3, Luke Haislop 1-2, Austin King 2-4, Casey Taylor 1-4, Shaphen Robinson 1-4, Steve Kenney 1-2.

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Pelfrey, Wright (3) and Wright, Clary (3). Kersten Harris and Jeff Gilkison. W-Harris (9-K, 2-W). L-Pelfrey. 2B-SG: Merrick; Chesapeake: Justin Finley, Jeff Gilkison. 3B-Chesapeake: Justin Finley, Jeff Gilkison. Hitting-South Gallia: Wright 1-3, Merrick 1-3, Fulks 1-2, Clary 1-2, Lee 1-2; Chesapeake: P.J. Rase 2-4, Benji Pyles 2-4, Justin Finley 4-4, Jeff Gilkison 2-3, Matt Whitmore 1-2, Phillip Butcher 3-3, Keith Marcum 2-2, Kersten Harris 1-2.