Tenth-ranked LaGrange used a five-run rally to beat Centre 5-4 to gain a split of a doubleheader Friday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium on Friday. The split left the Panthers 4-2 on the season.
Centre (1-1) took the first game 8-6, using a seventh inning rally to overcome a 5-1 deficit. The Colonels scored seven runs off four Panther relievers in the inning. LC got a run back in the eighth on an RBI double off the left field fence by James Poropatic but could draw no closer.
Richie Post started and pitched six strong innings, allowing a run and scattering six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. In two starts, Post has allowed a run in 12 innings of work, striking out 15.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Jack Layrisson tripled to right field to drive in Rhett Hollon and later scored as Poropatic grounded out. Leading 2-1, LC needed only one hit in scoring three runs in the sixth to open up a 5-1 lead. Austin Jones' run-scoring single was the only hit in the inning.
In the second game, the Colonels jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Collin Barrett (2-1), who took the loss in Game 1, came on in relief of starter Anthony Elias with the bases loaded and no one out in the second inning. He got out of the jam with a double play and a ground out.
Barrett shut out the Colonels for the next six innings, retiring the first 16 batters he faced. In seven innings of work, Barrett gave up two hits, walked a batter, and struck out eight.
Held to three hits through seven innings, the Panthers rallied in the eighth. The Panthers loaded the bases with no outs on an infield hit by Poropatic, a walk to Austin McDade, and pinch-hitter Rhett Mixon being hit by a pitch. Ryan Ross walked to force in LC's first run. Pinch-hitter Grant Perry doubled to left to drive in two more runs. Jacob Gassert's base hit drove in the tying run. McKinley Erves reached on a fielder's choice as Perry scored the go-ahead run.
Zach English entered the game in the ninth for Barrett. The Colonels had back-to-back hits to open the inning. English got the next two outs, then issued an intentional walk to load the bases. He closed out the game with a strikeout for his first career save.
The Panthers host Berry on Tuesday at 5 p.m.