Lexington, KY (News First) — The Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers claimed the 2024 Kentucky Boys Baseball Championship title after a challenging final against McCracken County that was plagued by errors and windy conditions. The gusty winds made high fly balls treacherous, contributing to McCracken’s defensive struggles.

The Panthers’ starter, who consistently threw slow-breaking balls under 60 mph, proved to be a formidable obstacle for McCracken County. Known for their prowess against fastballs, McCracken’s hitters found themselves out of sync and unable to adjust to the slower pitches.

“Hitting is about timing, and pitching is about disrupting the hitter’s timing,” said a McCracken coach. “Today, the Panthers executed that strategy perfectly.”

Despite their efforts, McCracken County couldn’t overcome the pitching strategy and the adverse weather conditions, leading to several costly errors. Pleasure Ridge Park took full advantage, securing their victory and the state title.

“Congratulations to McCracken County on a great season and being the 2024 State Runner-Up,” said a representative from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. “They played hard and have much to be proud of.”

With this victory, the Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers celebrated their well-earned championship, while McCracken County looks ahead to next season, determined to build on their success.