Panther nine lose season openerDespite having a young team Ellsworth High School's baseball team lost only by two runs to Lake City Monday in their season opener.
LAKE CITY, Minn. — Down by seven runs after 2 1/2 innings, Lake City rallied to beat Ellsworth 14-12 on Monday in the season opener for both teams. The two teams combined to commit seven errors in a game that lasted over three hours.
Trailing 10-3 when it came to bat in the bottom of the third inning, Lake City scored four runs in the third, five in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Lake City got back in the game thanks to some big hits by Brad Levenick. He finished 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.
"We clawed back in with clutch hitting," Lake City coach Perry Iberg said. "Levenick definitely had clutch hits."
Matt Bacon added a two-run homerun for the Tigers and finished 3-for-5. Kerby Rigelman, Lake City’s fourth pitcher, got the win. He allowed two runs in two innings of work.
Luke Ristow led the way for the Panthers. He finished 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homerun in the third inning. Ellsworth scored six runs that inning.
Tyler Regnier added a pair of hits and four stolen bases for the Panthers.