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Highlanders down Panthers, 6-1

CHESAPEAKE — When the defense and offense fail, that’s not good news for your pitcher.

Travis Zimmerman pitched five solid innings, but five errors by the Chesapeake Panthers led to a 6-1 loss Thursday at the hands of the Huntington (W.Va.) Highlanders.

“We made too many errors again. We had some balls that should have been caught. Travis threw a good ball game. He was getting them out, we just didn’t field the ball.”

Not only did the defense falter, but the Panthers managed only one hit when Tommy Noble got a one-out single in the seventh inning.

After Huntington took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Chesapeake came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

Matt Angle walked to lead off the inning, Wes Lezu sacrificed him to second and he went to third base on a throwing error. Shane Pelfrey hit a sacrifice fly to score the run.

But the Highlanders went back on top with two runs in the fourth and scored three more in the sixth to seal the win.

Chesapeake (1-2) hosts Fairland on Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Nick Lemley, son of former Ironton and Fairland coach John Lemley, was 2-3 to pace Huntington (3-2).

Huntington 100 203 0 = 6 4 2

Chesapeake 100 000 0 = 1 1 5

Jacob Fischer, Tyler Cummings (5) and Williams. Travis Zimmerman, Shane Pelfrey (6) and Colton Lindsey. W-Fischer (2-K, 3-BB). L-Zimmerman (6-K, 3-BB, 2-H, 1-ER, 4-R). 2B-Huntington: Zach Sizemore. Hitting-Huntington: Sizemore 1-3, Nick Lemley 2-3 rbi; Chesapeake: Tommy Noble 1-1, Shane Pelfrey rbi.