MECCA -- The Riverton Parke Panthers showed off their muscle early in Monday's win over Clay City as Sean Leitgabel blasted a two-run homerun and his squad never trailed in a 14-4, five-inning victory.
The Eels very nearly took a quick lead on the Panthers as Ryan Sutton walked and stole second. He moved to third on a flyout and with one out, Brock Dyer hit a flyball to rightfield that was caught and, tagging from third, Sutton charged for home but the throw was on target to get him at the plate to end the inning.
From there, Evan Lunsford held the Eels hitless until the fifth inning while striking out six batters.
The Panthers meanwhile added to their lead in each of the next three innings as Justin McLaughlin hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning and Riverton Parke took advantage of Clay City miscues to score seven runs in the frame.
The Eels gave up three walks and committed one of their five errors in the inning as the Panthers cruised out to a 14-0 lead.
Clay City got themselves on the board in the top of the fifth inning, nearly extending the game as Josh Strain and Sutton walked with two outs in the inning and Tim Shaw reached on a fielders choice that scored Strain. Klay Knox followed with a towering blast to leftcenterfield to narrow the gap to 10 runs, but Lunsford got Dyer to fly out to end the contest.
The Eels will host an invitational on Saturday while the JV will take on Northview at home on Thursday.
2B -- RP (Landes, Kessinger), CC (none). HR -- RP (Leitgabel, Justin McLaughlin), CC (Knox).
JV -- Clay City 10, Riverton Parke 1