Panthers fall to Berea in All ‘A’ region

By Nate Parsons Published:

LEXINGTON — Frankfort beat Berea just over two weeks ago.

Not this time though.

FHS struggled at the plate and had some costly errors on defense, leading to a 5-0 loss to BHS in the semifinals of the 11th Region All “A” Classic Thursday night at Lexington Christian Academy.

The Panthers (6-3), who rolled Model 11-1 in the first round, couldn’t beat the Pirates (6-5) for the second time in 15 days after winning that first meeting 7-4.

“We have some tough games coming up the next three weeks,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said, “so it will be interesting to see how our guys bounce back.”

Berea advances to play Lexington Christian — a 15-1 winner over Sayre Thursday night — in the finals today at 6 p.m.

A big reason why the Pirates are moving on is because of senior Gabe Long, who tossed a complete-game three-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

“He has good stuff,” Robin said.

Berea scored all five of its runs in the second and third innings, taking advantage of three errors.

Junior Neil Claytor led off the second with a single and junior Zach McPeek followed with a walk. They scored two batters later after back-to-back throwing errors.

Then in the third, junior Daniel Wilkerson opened with a double and Long followed with an RBI single. After another error, McPeek hit a two-run single to make it 5-0.

“It was simple plays. We kind of got down on ourselves and threw the ball around the infield,” Robin said. “We just have to make the simple plays behind our pitchers.”

Senior Dre Scott allowed five runs and three hits in two innings, taking the loss for FHS before being relieved by junior Connor Kelley. Kelley gave up a single and a walk, but allowed no other baserunners.

“Pitching-wise we didn’t get ahead in the counts,” Robin said. “When you don’t get ahead in the counts they know a fastball is coming right down the middle and they took advantage of that.”

Junior Jared Stephens doubled and senior Dre Scott and junior Jeff Quire singled for the Panthers.

FHS opens district play when it hosts Woodford County Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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