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The Princeton Panthers Damon Rademacher scores the team’s first run in a 9-4 home victory over the Mora Blue Devils on Wednesday, June 12. 

The Princeton Panthers town baseball team season is in full swing. The Panthers already played 11 games and currently sit at a record of 6-5.

In their most recent game the Panthers were able to get their bats going as they soundly beat the Hinckley Knights 12-1. The team had eight hits in the affair but were able to draw 15 walks in the seven inning game after the 10-run rule took place.

“So far so good,” said coach Curt Wilson, whose team is currently on a two-game winning streak. “We are continuing to establish our pitching rotation, getting our new players involved and finding consistency at key positions.”

After adding Drew Scharber, Brandon Kiel and Kent Hanscom, the team’s mission hasn’t changed. “Our expectation every year is to make it to Regions and the State Tournament and this year is no different.” stated Wilson. The Panthers were able to make state last season.

On the mound for Princeton, Tanner Kinley leads the way with two wins and miniscule ERA of 1.00 in 18 innings pitched. Luke Hallbeck has also been solid for the Panthers.

Leading the team in batting is Gehrig Scheffel, who has been off to a great start. Scheffel has eight hits in 16 at bats good for a batting average of .500. “Scheffel has been consistent at first base and hitting the ball well,” said Wilson noting the defense that Scheffel is able to play.

The Princeton Panthers are currently 2 1/2 games back from the first place Isanti Redbirds who have a perfect record of 6-0.

The Panthers will be back in action on June 22 when they are on the road at Nowthen as they look to extend their winning streak to three games.

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