In an attempt to enhance the chances of progressing to post-season play in baseball, the Panthers added a few top-notch baseball teams to their spring schedule in hopes of increasing RPI standings. That philosophy works well when there are wins sprinkled in with losses.
Last week's games included a doubleheader against 4A Roosevelt High School. The Roughriders play in the Tri-Valley league and have a 6-2 overall record following last week's wins over Delta, 12-2 and 8-6.
The Panthers bounced back to the winning side of the ledger with a 10-3 victory against 3A WSL foe Coal Ridge.
Delta was outhit 16-6 and 14-7 in the two games played against the Roughriders. Rowyn Carmichael came out of the doubleheader with five hits in seven at bats with three RBIs.
The Panthers fell behind 7-2 in game one and gave up seven runs in the seventh inning to fall 12-2.
Delta made a game of it in game two but, again, fell behind and couldn't get past a stout Roughrider defense in the 8-6 loss.
Against Coal Ridge Rowyn Carmichael produced three more hits with a double and two more RBIs to finish the week with eight hits and five RBIs in 11 at bats.
Three other Panthers had three hits against the Titans, Nolan Bynum, KC Carlson and Kolby Keller (including a home run).
Delta had a 10-1 lead after four innings against Coal Ridge and gave up two runs in the fifth for a final score of 10-3.
The Panthers faced Gunnison on Tuesday, April 3 and don't play again until April 10 in Olathe at 4 p.m.