BELGRADE – The Belgrade Panthers sent their seniors off on a good note in the final home game of their careers, belting six home runs over the fence in a 19-8 win over Lewistown on Friday.
The Panthers fell in a 3-0 hole in the first inning after Lewistown capitalized with a few hits when the bases were loaded. But Belgrade responded in the bottom of the first, as Olivia Cook launched a three-run shot to deep center to tie the game. She finished the game 4-for-4 with five RBI. The Panthers kept their bats hot, scoring 10 runs in the fourth. Belgrade seniors were 10-for-20 at the plate against the Golden Eagles.
Belgrade starting pitcher Kaleigh Bauerle went three innings, allowing 11 hits and six runs. Junior Erin Eglas was awarded the win, pitching just more than an inning and recording three strikeouts.
Lewistown starter Kinsey Irving also threw 3 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and seven earned runs. She also tallied three strikeouts.
The Panthers finish league play with a perfect 6-0 record, which carries them to a top seed in the divisional tournament.