Panthers slip by Ryle, 5-4

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Frankfort High's baseball team built a 5-1 lead Saturday afternoon against Ryle, then held on for a 5-4 win in the fifth-place game of the Capital City Classic.

"We hit the ball well early again," FHS coach Joe Peach said. "If we could hit the ball well for the whole game that would be better."

The Panthers went ahead 1-0 in the first inning on a double by Cam Howell and a single by Chris Amburgey. Ryle tied the game in the second with a double and single, but FHS took the lead for good in the third inning with one run as Howell drew a walk, stole second and scored on a base hit by Clinton Hall.

Frankfort extended its lead to 5-1 in the fourth with two walks, a double by Howell and singles by Amburgey and Hall.

Hall, pitching for the Panthers, got out of a jam in the fifth when Ryle had the bases loaded on two singles and a walk with no outs. Hall struck out the next two batters, and a fly ball to left field ended the threat.

"Clinton did a good job pitching," Peach said, "and Robert (Gates), after a shaky start, settled down and did a nice job, especially for a freshman."

Gates pitched the last two innings for Frankfort.

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