Harris, timely hitting trigger Panthers#039; OVC win over Raiders, 8-2

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2005

CHESAPEAKE - Key hits were the key for the Chesapeake Panthers.

Although the Panthers had just eight hits, they came at the right time as they beat the River Valley Raiders 8-2 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

"We didn't have a lot of hits, but their pitcher got a little wild and we got the key hits. We moved the runner around and then we were able to get them home," Panthers coach Joe Waugh.

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While the River Valley pitchers struggled at times, Chesapeake's Kersten Harris was enjoying a successful outing. Harris struck out eight and walked four while allowing only four hits.

"Kersten threw pretty good. He had reasonably good control. I think he got a little tired at the end, but other than that he threw pretty well," Waugh said.

Matt Whitmore went 2-for-3 to lead the Chesapeake offense.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jeff Gilkison singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Whitmore.

The lead went to 2-0 in the third inning.

P.J. Rase walked to lead off the inning, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and came on to score thanks

to a passed ball.

Chesapeake blew the game open with six runs in the fourth inning.

Keith Marcum was hit by a pitch leading off. He stole second and took third on a hit by Harris. After Harris stole second, Zach Henderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Rase singled in the first run, Cory Methax singled to drive in Harris, Gilkison walked to load the bases again, and Cody Methax had a two-run single. Gilkison later scored on a passed ball.

River Valley scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

Chesapeake improved to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the OVC. The Panthers play at 7 p.m. Monday at Rock Hill in a league makeup game.

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H.L. Pugh, Smith (4) and Eric Caldwell. Kersten Harris and Matt Rowe, Bryan Huff (5). W-Harris (8-K, 4-BB). L-Pugh. Hitting-River Valley: Randall Sharrett 1-4, Smith 1-3, Troy Gaus 2-3; Chesapeake: P.J. Rase 1-2, Cory Methax 1-3, Jeff Gilkison 1-3, Cody Methax 1-2, Matt Whitmore 2-3, Brad Eldred 1-1, Kersten Harris 1-3.