Lions rally in final at-bat to finish sweep of Panthers

Panorama's Drew Taylor slides safely across home plate as the ball arrives too late for W-G catcher Tate Lettow to make a timely tag. The play took place during the first inning of game two of a twin bill Tuesday in Granger.

DES MOINES — Host Des Moines Christian countered six runs from Panorama in the top of the seventh inning with three of their own in the bottom of the frame to steal a 9-8 win in the nightcap of their WCAC baseball doubleheader Thursday. The Lions won after rolling to a 10-1 victory in the opener.

Panorama (7-6, 7-5) scored twice in the top of the fifth to close to within 4-2 in the second game, but DMC (13-5, 9-3) scored in both the fifth and sixth innings to widen their advantage to 6-2.

The Panthers put sent six runs across the plate in the top of the seventh to grab an 8-6 edge, but the hosts scored three times to win the thriller.

Dominic Walker threw four frames for Panorama, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks. Evan Taylor went 2-1/3 frames in relief and was assessed the loss. He yielded four hits and five walks, accounting for five runs. Taylor struck out one.

Taylor had three singles, a double and two RBIs at the dish, with Brice Taylor adding a single, a double and two RBIs while Koltin Sloss had two hits and two RBIs.

Trey Castille surrendered two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings for DMC, with Andrew Fox allowing four hits and six runs (two earned) with two walks. Fox struck out three and Castille four.

Castille had a single, drew a walk and scored three times for the Lions, with Frankie Accurso driving in a run with a double and a single.

DMC broke open a 1-all game with three runs in the top of the fifth and six more in the seventh to win the opener.

Kale Bradley went 4-1/3 frames, walking six and allowing four hits and a run. Castille pitched 1-2/3 innings, allowing a hit while striking out one, with Zach Ducker fanning two and yielding a hit in one inning.

Cal Mathes singled, walked, stole two bases and had three RBIs, with Brett Sheldon adding two hits and two RBIs while Castille had two singles.

Brice Taylor pitched six innings and Ryan Klinge one. Taylor yielded seven runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks, with Klinge allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Three strikeouts were recorded by Taylor and one by Klinge.

Evan Taylor had two singles, a double and scored the lone run, with Levi Richey adding two singles. Dominic Walker drew three walks and had a base hit and a RBI.

Panorama hosts Madrid Monday, visits Treynor for non-conference action Wednesday and returns home for a Thursday varsity doubleheader with Earlham.


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