Jace Wilkerson had a busy day at the plate on Friday, smacking four hits in Knightstown Junior Varsity Panthers 13-3 victory over Eastern Hancock Royals. Wilkerson singled in the first, singled in the second, homered in the fourth, and doubled in the sixth.
Knightstown Panthers got things moving in the first inning with two outs, Keelan Walters walked, Michael Roberson singles then both advance on throwing error. Ayden Keith reached on a ground ball throwing error scoring Walters and Roberson and advanced to second. Wilkerson singled then Clayton Happe reached on error scoring Keith before Keegan Ellaby reached on a fly ball error scoring Wilkerson. Mason Young wrapped a double down the left field line to score Happe to give Knightstown a 5-1 lead.
Young earned the victory on the mound for Knightstown. The righty surrendered three runs on five hits over four innings, striking out 11 and walking zero. Brayden McDaniel threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Chase Stewart took the loss for Eastern Hancock Royals. The pitcher lasted two innings, allowing five hits and seven runs.
Wilkerson delivered a big blow in the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 count for 2 run home run for 9-3 Panthers lead.
Knightstown Varsity Panthers tallied 11 hits with Wilkerson and Roberson each collecting multiple hits for the Panthers. Wilkerson went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Knightstown in hits.
Knightstown Junior Varsity improves their record to 3-2 and next scheduled game is May 6th at home versus TEC Conference foe Centerville, 1st pitch 5:00pm