It wasn't until there was one out in the top of the seventh inning, that Ty Jones allowed his first hit of the ball game in the 9-0 Panther's win Friday night. North Lamar, who lost their first district game Tuesday at Pleasant Grove, rebounded nicely.
The hit was the first and only one allowed by Jones. Ty only needed 71 pitches in the shutout win, with 50 of his pitches being strikes. Ty also struck out 10 and only walked one batter in the win.
Offensively, the Panthers took advantage of three wild pitches by Liberty-Eylau starting pitcher Kemon Freeman. North Lamar scored three in the first inning, two in the third inning, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.
The first run of the game came when Brayden Steed singled to open the game. After Chad Box and Trey Scudder walked, Steed scored on the first wild pitch of the game. Box and Scudder would both score on passed balls.
Box would reach base in the third inning on a drop third strike. He would come around and score for North Lamar. Scudder, who reached on a single, would score again on a wild pitch.
North Lamar would tack on some extra runs, but the story of the game, once again, was the pitching of Jones. Jones was locked in and had great command of his pitches all night long. With the win, North Lamar is now 3-1 in district and in 2nd place behind the Pleasant Grove Hawks.