Matt Gibbons threw 72% of his pitches for a strike against Atlanta. Gibbons threw 65 of his 91 pitches for strikes. He worked the inside of the plate against batter after batter and the Rabbit baseball team had trouble.
Atlanta only managed four hits off the sophomore pitcher in the 1-0 North Lamar victory. Not to be outdone, though, was the Rabbit starter BJ Hammonds who pitched almost as brilliantly. He only gave up three hits. However, it only took one.
The game looked destined for extra innings because of the way both pitchers were throwing the ball. Opposite of Gibbons, Hammonds worked the outer half of the plate as threw an array of different pitches.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the 7th inning, Jake Wynn stepped up to the plate. After taking a couple of pitches and fouling one off, Wynn belted the 2-1 offering from Hammonds. There was little doubt when it left the bat where it was headed.
As Jake got to first base the ball landed way beyond the wall in left field near the scoreboard. As he reached home plate, he was surrounded by a mob of Panther teammates to congratulate him. Atlanta walked off the field stunned at what just happened. North Lamar walked off in jubilation.
With the win North Lamar is now 5-1 in district and will face cross-town rival Paris on Friday night at home. The Panthers defeated Paris 1-0 earlier in the year. First pitch is set for 6:30.