LaGrange coach David Kelton got his 100th career win as the 10th-ranked Panthers clipped Emory 8-0 on Tuesday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. It was the third straight win for the Panthers (3-1) over the Eagles (1-2).
Kelton is in his fifth year coaching the Panthers. The last two years under Kelton, LC has gone 70-19, including last season's record setting 40-6 mark. Kelton is 100-67 as head coach.
"It feels good to get to 100 wins. The last two years have been a lot of fun," said Kelton. "Being able to rebound from Game 1 this past weekend, then get it rolling and come into a midweek game. The midweek games a lot of times are sometimes your toughest ones. So to be able to beat a quality team like Emory to get a win, especially number 100 is huge."
Five pitchers combined on a three-hitter for the Panthers' second straight shutout. Austin Fain (1-0) started and threw the first three innings. Zach English, Gibson Bittner, Grayson Bagwell, and Coston Anderson followed Fain.
Emory had the first two batters reach on a hit and an error in the second inning. After getting the first out, Fain got out of the inning with a double play, the first of three in the game by the Panthers.
The Panthers broke the game open with a five-run third inning. James Poropatic drew a bases loaded walk to force in the first run of the inning. Austin Jones cleared the bases with a double to the right field fence, then later scored as Fink ground out to up LC's lead to 7-0.
The Panthers finished the game with 12 hits. Gassert, Ross, and Weaver each had two hits.
The Panthers are scheduled to host Centre for a three-game series. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.