It was a game that you almost wish didn't have to end. It's also a game in which you were sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time. North Lamar and Paris battled back and forth Friday night on the baseball field with the Panthers escaping with a 2-1 victory in nine innings.
Paris High pitcher Phil Sikes and North Lamar starter Ty Jones battled back and forth the entire game. Sikes went eight plus innings and only allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out six in the process. Only one of the runs allowed was earned as well. Jones, on the other hand went nine innings, allowing three hits and only one run while striking out five.
Both pitchers had command of their pitches and displayed them all night long as they fooled batters. They each used a wide array of pitches as well from fastballs, to curveballs, to change-ups.
All the offense for North Lamar was provided by Brayden Steed. Steed provided both hits for North Lamar and scored both runs. The first run came in the first inning. Steed worked a walk and stole his way around to third base. After getting to third base, he scored on a sacrifice to shallow right field by Trey Scudder.
Paris would get on the board in the fourth inning off two hard hit balls up the middle. The game would remain tied at one until the bottom of the ninth inning. Steed, leading off the inning, reached base when a sharply hit ball was juggled and throw into the Panther dugout. Because of this, he was able to take second base. Chad Box laid down a bunt that would move Steed to third. However, the throw from the catcher to first was dropped and got away from the fielder. Steed never slowed down and broke for home. The throw came in and Steed slid under the tag, sealing the victory for the Panthers.
It was a hard fought battle between the two clubs. North Lamar now moves to 2-0 in district and will face Pleasant Grove Tuesday night in Texarkana.