Lady Panthers Squeak Past Coalers, 2-1

Panther continue their quest for wins. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Panther continue their quest for wins. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

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By Jim Piacentini

On Monday, May 6, the Manteno Lady Panthers had a fight on their hands with the Coal City Coalers. It was a tight game, but the Panthers came out on top in the end, with a 2-1 home conference victory.

The Panthers were led by Ava Peterson, who went 1-2, with 1 RBI. Alyssa Singelton, also 1-2, made it a big one – a triple, placing her in a perfect position to score. Alyssa Dralle, on the hill for the Panthers, gave up 1 run, on only four hits, along with two strikeouts.

The game, which lasted just over an hour, provided some interesting combined team stats, which included a total of only 3 runs, 3 strikeouts, and 11 hits, along with zero errors in the entire game.

With the win, the Lady Panthers secured the ICE Conference Championship. Great job, Panthers!


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Panther continue their quest for wins. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Panthers Squeak Past Coalers, 2-1

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Spread the loveBy Jim Piacentini On Monday, May 6, the Manteno Lady Panthers had a fight on their hands with the Coal City Coalers. It was a tight game, but the Panthers came out on top in the end, with a 2-1 home conference victory. The Panthers were led by Ava Peterson, who went 1-2,…


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