For the second time in a span of four days it was late night fun for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team.

Friday the Panthers and Pella High Dutch withstood a rain delay that stretched the scheduled varsity doubleheader until nearly midnight.

With the doubleheader slated for a 5:30 p.m. start, it became a 6-hour marathon.

Knoxville edged out a narrow 5-4 win in the opener for over and the Dutch came back to win the nightcap 12-3.

Earlier in the week the Panthers and Pella Christian Eagles had a six-hour doubleheader that saw the two teams split.

In the opener the Dutch received a strong 9-inning pitching performance from Schyler Kane, who was replaced on the hill by Jacob DeWaard, who took the loss.

Kane allowed Knoxville three runs, two of them earned on six hits. He fanned seven and walked one.

Knoxville had a strong pitching performance from Kevin Woodhouse, who worked seven innings, allowing seven hits. He fanned two and walked two.

Picking up the pitching win for Knoxville in relief was Bryce Zoutte, who worked the final three innings allowing one hit and one run. Zoutte fanned  two and walked one.

The Dutch broke the 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the tenth. Knoxville counted with two runs in the bottom of the tenth for the win.

Tony Salato reached with a single and was bunted to second for Knoxville in the tenth.

Bryant McWilliams ripped a double to score Salato for a 4-4 tie.

McWilliams moved to third on a balk and scored after the bases were intentionally loaded to set up a force out.

Kevin Woodhouse drew a bases loaded walk to plate McWilliams with the winning run with one out in the tenth.

Brett Kingery put the Dutch on top in the tenth with a double and he scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Trevor Wood.

Pella had two hits each from Wood and Kane in the opener.

Salato had three hits and Woodhouse two in the opener for Knoxville. Steve Watson also added a hit and an RBI for Knoxville.

Game two

The second game of the night belonged to the Dutch from the start.

Jacob Gleason was in control on the mound as he twirled a five-hitter at Knoxville. Gleason fanned 15 and walked six to earn the win.

Salato was the top hitter for Knoxville in game two as he was 2-for-3 at the plate with  a double.

Pella had 12 hits off of three Knoxville pitchers.

The Panthers were guilty of eight errors in game two.

Wood, Paul Andersen, Matt Nieuwsma and Brett Kingery each had two hits for Pella in the nightcap. Gleason had three hits to top the Pella charts.

Pella moved to 15-14 overall and 10-8 in the LHC with the split. Knoxville finished league play at 5-13 and they are now 7-22 overall.

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