O’FALLON – The OTHS Varsity baseball team split two series and ended the week with a current season record of 12-7.
The Panthers started the week on Tuesday, April 16, with a 7-5 win at conference opponent Collinsville. The game was tied at five with O’Fallon batting in the top of the sixth when TJ Morgan doubled and scored one run to take the lead. Wes Collins tripled in the top of the seventh and scored on Kyle Becker’s sacrifice bunt. Ben Koenig pitched four innings with Logan Lowery in relief. Lowery pitched three scoreless innings, struck out four and allowed one hit.
Unfortunately, the Panthers lost the lead late in a 3-2 defeat to Collinsville at home on Wednesday, April 17. Luke Gasser started and pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out seven and no walks. The Panthers were held at two runs despite multiple hits, including doubles by Logan Lowery, Drew Tebbe, and Tyler Stanton. Cody Bauer led O’Fallon with two hits in four at bats.
On Saturday, April 20, the Panthers played a double header at Blazier Field against Quincy Notre Dame. The games were the 132nd and 133rd varsity games played for Josh Gibson, who broke the all-time career varsity games played record in the 117 year history of O’Fallon Panther baseball.
The Panthers put up a strong fight in game one against Quincy Notre Dame. Despite a seven run deficit in the third inning, O’Fallon came back, eventually falling 7-6 to Quincy ND. The Panthers six runs included a home run by Wes Collins in the third and a home run by Josh Gibson in the fifth. Wes Collins (4) and Josh Gibson (3) are currently two of the the area’s home run leaders. Mike Larson started for O’Fallon and pitched two and two-thirds innings. Vonner Panek entered in relief and threw four and a third innings, allowing two hits and no runs. O’Fallon rallied back and defeated Quincy Notre Dame 10-0 in game two. The Panthers tallied 11 hits, including multiple hits by Kyle Becker, Wes Collins and Drew Tebbe. Tebbe went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead O’Fallon. Kaden Joggerst started, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out five over three and a third innings.