FIELD TWP- North Woods lefty hurler Louie Panichi was almost perfect Monday, giving up only a seventh-inning single and allowing only one baserunner in the Grizzlies’ 7-0 home win over Deer …
FIELD TWP- North Woods lefty hurler Louie Panichi was almost perfect Monday, giving up only a seventh-inning single and allowing only one baserunner in the Grizzlies’ 7-0 home win over Deer River.
Panichi turned in a stellar performance in the Grizzlies’ last home game of the winter-shortened season, facing the minimum number of batters and notching 11 strikeouts before the drive to right field put a tiny blemish on the day. Panichi had 13 total strikeouts.
The defense behind Panichi couldn’t have been any better, as the young lineup had no errors in the game.
The Grizzlies gave Panichi all the run support he needed in the first inning, batting around the lineup as they scored four runs on seven hits, including six straight and a pair of doubles. North Woods picked up two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Overall, North Woods hitters tagged Warriors pitching for 11 hits and drew four walks against five strikeouts. Six Grizzlies batters drove in runs.
“We had timely hitting early and younger middle and end of the order players hit well early,” Grizzlies Head Coach RJ Kruse said. “We had a lot of deep at-bats, and running their pitch count up helped. Levi Chaulklin and Cedar Holman both had excellent games in the field. It was a huge step for this young team putting great pitching, fielding and batting altogether in one game.”
Kruse also gave a nod to his veteran team leaders.
“Ben Kruse, Louie Panichi, Talen Jarshaw and Alex Burckhardt all have done an incredible job keeping their focus this season, even with some real tough losses. We are definitely headed in the right direction.”
North Woods was scheduled for a Thursday road trip to take on Nashwauk-Keewatin. The 7A sectional tournament gets underway on Tuesday, May 30.
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