By BRUCE HEFFLINGER

Sports Writer

WEST UNITY - Kolson Egnor proved clutch late in the game to help Paulding win its sixth consecutive game on Saturday with a 5-4 victory over Hilltop.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the junior right-hander was summoned to pitch with runners on second and third and one away and proceeded to get out of the jam without allowing a run. Then in the top of the seventh, the Panthers rallied for two runs, including what proved to be the game-winning hit by Egnor.

“The kids did a good job of fighting for seven innings to pull out a win,” explained head coach Travis McGarvey after the Panthers improved to 7-5 on the season. “We struggled offensively for the majority of the game and our pitchers struggled to find the strike zone, but we found a way to win.”

Hunter Kauser had two singles for Paulding while Egnor, Evan Edwards and Blake McGarvey all had doubles. Westen Phlipot had a single and drove in two with Jaret Miller adding a single while scoring twice.

It was the third win in five days for Egnor.

Linescore

Paulding  100 020 2 - 5 7 2

Hilltop      002 200 0 - 4 8 1

Records: Paulding 7-5, Hilltop 9-4.

Winning pitcher: Kolson Egnor (1.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks). Others: Cory Adams (3/1 innings, 4 runs, 2 earned, 3 hits, 1 strikeout, 2 walks), Matthew Schroeder (2 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Losing pitcher: Connor Schlosser (3 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 4 walks). Other: Jay Garrett.

Leading hitters: (Paulding) - Hunter Kauser 2 singles; Jaret Miller single, 2 runs; Evan Edwards double; Westen Phlipot single, 2 RBIs; Blake McGarvey double; Kolson Egnor double. (Hilltop) - Jay Garrett single; Christian McKinney single, 2 RBIs; Jacob Champion double; Skyler Butterfield triple; Connor Schlosser 2 singles; Andyn Haynes single, 2 runs; Ian Hoffman single.