Baseball Panthers get gem from Jausel in shutout of Okawville

Grant Jausel struck out seven in four innings of work on Friday. (Doug Daniels Photo)

By Doug Daniels /

March 17, 2018

  (Mt. Vernon & Pinckneyville, Ill.) - The baseball Panthers bounced back from an opening day thumping at Mt. Vernon with a 10-0 five-inning win over Okawville at home on Friday, getting four shutout innings from left-handed hurler Grant Jausel on the mound.
  Jausel struck out seven and scattered two singles while not walking a batter. Kyle Kreger closed out the win with a scoreless fifth, striking out two.
  The scoring began in the bottom of the third inning when Pinckneyville's Kyle Kreger singled with one out, stole second base, then scored on an RBI base hit by Austin Alspach to make it 1-0.
  An inning later, the Panthers did some two-out damage when Hunter Clark reached on an error and scored on an RBI single by Kyle Luke. Jausel walked, Kreger singled, then an error made it 4-0 PCHS. Tyler Rice, Ethan Bowen and Chase Fulkerson then had hits during the Panthers six-run bottom of the fifth.

  Kreger (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HBP), Alspach (1-2, RBI, 2 BB), Rice (1-4, R), Bowen (2-3, R), Luke (1-2, R, RBI), and Fulkerson (1-1, R) had hits for the Panthers against Okawville.
  Two days prior, the tables were turned at Mt. Vernon, where the Rams rolled the Panthers 10-0 in five innings. Kreger (1-3) and Alspach (1-3) had the only hits for PCHS.
  Bowen allowed only three unearned runs on three hits and two walks, but took the loss for his four innings of work.
  The Panthers (1-1) are at Hamilton County on Wednesday and back home Thursday and Friday.

(Photos by Doug Daniels /


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