Kendall Pankey worked out of several jams created by errors to pitch five scoreless innings in Charleston’s 8-0 victory over Champaign Centennial on Monday.
After an error and walk in the first inning, Pankey recorded the first of his eight strikeouts, and then induced a grounder to end the inning. In between, catcher Luke Landrus threw out a runner trying to steal third base.
Pankey then fanned two batters to end the second inning after an error had put runners on first and second.
Two Centennial batters reached base on errors in the fourth inning. Pankey again struck out two batters and Landrus picked a runner off third base to end the inning.
Pankey allowed only two hits, walked two and threw 10 first-pitch strikes to 21 batters.
Charlie Spoonhour pitched a scoreless sixth inning and Cade Landrus, in his first high school pitching appearance, struck out the side in the seventh to secure the victory.
William Applegate singled in two runs with two outs in the second inning to put Charleston ahead 3-0. The Trojans then scored five runs across the next three innings.