FORT SCOTT — The Paola Panthers rallied from a 4-0 deficit against Ottawa in the opening round of the Class 4A regional baseball tournament at Fort Scott only to end the season with a one-run, 6-5, loss.

Ottawa scored two runs in the first and second innings for an early 4-0 lead Tuesday, May 14.

Paola rallied with two runs in the third inning and three runs in the fifth to take a one-run, 5-4 lead, into the sixth inning.

The Cyclones came right back, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the victory.

Paola finished the season with a record of 9-10.

Playing in their final high school baseball game for the Paola Panthers were seniors Garret Trimmer and Corbin Gant.

Garrett Williams singled, doubled, drove in one run and scored twice.

Williams started the game, allowing four runs on two base hits.

Evan Peuser had two base hits, drove home two runs and scored.

Trimmer doubled and scored. He pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one base hit.

Caden Marcum doubled, drove in one run and scored. Creigh Markovich walked and singled. Mason Hunter singled and scored.

Michael Daggett singled. Daggett came on in relief for the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits and took the loss.

Marcum and Gant turned a double play. Marcum caught a fly ball in right field and the Ottawa base runner was on his way to second. Marcum fired the ball in to Gant at first base and doubled the runner off.

Paola had more hits than Ottawa, 9 to 6, but the Panthers stranded seven runners on base.

Walks and errors also hurt Paola. The Panthers allowed two walks in the first inning and both base runners ended up scoring.

Paola also committed two errors which led to three unearned runs.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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