We’ve come to expect baseball games between the North Lamar Panthers and the Paris Wildcats to come down to the wire. Monday night was no different as North Lamar walked away with a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats.
North Lamar managed one run on only three hits. Paris, meanwhile, was shut out as they scattered six hits across the seven innings. Paris also left 13 runners on base for the night.
The pitchers took center stage in the game as both Matt Gibbons of North Lamar and Channing Parker of Paris matched either all night.
However, the defense for both teams came up huge as well as both teams had runners gunned down at the plate. North Lamar’s came in the second inning. Kevin Dickey, after being hit by a pitch was gunned down after trying to score on a single by Gibbons. The ball got away from the left fielder and Coach Scott Scudder decided to try and send Dickey. The relay was perfect and Dickey was out to end the inning.
Paris would face the same fate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trailing 1-0 Phillip Nance hit a medium pop fly to right field. The right fielder had issues with it for North Lamar and dropped it. The Paris runner tried to score from second on the play but was easily thrown out on the play.
Paris would still have a chance as they loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Scudder elected to bring in lefty Jacob Roberts to try and close out the game for the Panthers. Parker fouled off six straight pitches before finally striking out to end the game.
North Lamar’s lone run came in the fourth inning after Trey Scudder worked a walk. Scudder would steal second and then advance to third on a passed ball. Ashton Chaffin took a 1-2 pitch and placed it between third and short to score Scudder.
With the win, North Lamar is now 2-0 in district and will host Pleasant Grove on Friday night at 7:30.