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Panther Baseball on 4 Game Streak
April 11, 2012By David Meyers of Centralia High School
The Centralia Panther baseball team won it's 4th game in a row on Tuesday night with a 7-5 victory over the defending CCC champion Macon Tigers.
Chandler Kovar provided a first inning 2 run homer and the Panthers turned 2 walks, a hit batter and 2 singles into 4 runs in the second to stake themselves to a lead they would never relinquish.
Macon answered with 2 runs of their own in the 4th inning against starting pitcher Zach Etzler thanks to 3 singles, and inched even closer in the 6th scoring 3 times before Nathan VanBoening recorded the final 4 outs for the save.
Kovar led the Panthers going 3 for 3 with a walk and 3 rbi's. Stuart Cox and Devan Duncan both contributed 2 hits for the Panther offense. Etzler got the win going 5 and 2/3 innings allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and striking out 5. VanBoening recorded the save striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced.
Centralia improves to 6-3 on the season and 2-0 in the CCC. The Panthers host District foe Mexico on Thursday night at home. Centralia travels to Wright City on Friday for a 4:30 start and to South Shelby on Saturday for a 4:00 start.