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Grand slams power Panthers past Flyers

The Chesapeake Panthers had their own idea of a grand opening.

Chesapeake opened Thursday’s game with a couple of grand slam home runs in the first two innings by Jaran Bartoe and Josh Blair and went on to beat the St. Joseph Flyers 13-4.

“We tried to bring back Caleb (Blackburn) on two -days rest and he had a sore arm, and once Chesapeake started hitting they just didn’t stop,” said Flyers coach Greg Bryant.

The Panthers had 16 hits with Kersten Harris going 4-4 and Kyle Rase 4-5 with a home run.

Chesapeake built a 6-0 lead in the first inning.

Clinton Baise reached on an error, stole second and came home when Rase singled.

Harris singled, Bartoe walked and Aaron Donahoe reached on an error as a run scored. Blair hit a ball on top of the fence that bounced over for a grand slam.

The Flyers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Pat Gagai, Jerrod Laber, Caleb Blackburn and Cory Lewis all singled.

But Chesapeake scored four more in the top of the second inning.

Bryon Huff and Rase singled, Harris walked and Bartoe hit a grand slam.

The Panthers scored two in the third inning.

Baise walked, Huff reached on a fielder’s choice and Rase hit a two-run homer.

Chesapeake’s lead went to 13-2 in the top of the fifth.

Rase singled, moved up on a wild pitch, took third on a hit by Harris, and scored when Bartoe hit into a fielder’s choice.

St. Joseph got two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Ryan Waginger singled, Chad Harvey was safe on a fielder’s choice, Michael Basedow walked, Joe Unger grounded out and Schwab singled home Harvey.

Gagai and Laber then walked to force in a run.

The Flyers had 10 hits with Waginger going 2-3 while Gagai and Harvey were 2-4.

St. Joseph (16-3) plays at 4:30 p.m. Monday at South Point.

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Justin Geneseo, Jaran Bartoe (4), Clinton Baise (5) and Bryon Huff, Nic Allen (3). Caleb Blackburn, Ryan Waginger (2), Ryan Schwab (4) and Pat Gagai. W-Geneseo (3-K, 1-BB). L-Blackburn. 2B-St. Joseph: Chad Harvey. 3B-Chesapeake: Clinton Baise. HR-Chesapeake: Kyle Rase, Jaran Bartoe, Josh Blair. Hitting-Chesapeake: Clinton Baise 2-4, Bryon Huff 1-3, Kyle Rase 4-5, Kersten Harris 4-4, Jaran Bartoe 1-4, Aaron Donahoe 2-3, Josh Blair 1-2, Michael Wright 1-2; St. Joseph: Ryan Schwab 1-3, Pat Gagai 2-4, Jerrod Laber 1-4, Caleb Blackburn 1-4, Cory Lewis 1-1, Ryan Waginger 2-3, Chad Harvey 2-4.