In three district games this year the North Lamar Panthers have only allowed three runs. The Panthers offense has only managed five run in those games. What that makes for is some very interesting and close ball games.
Friday night was no exception as the Panthers hosted Pleasant Grove. Both teams put their aces on the mound and both of them delivered. Kevin Dickey was one batter shy of going the distance for North Lamar while Caleb Bolden went six for the Hawks.
There were 25 combined strikeouts between the teams with 24 of them coming from the starters. Of the 18 outs Bolden recorded, 15 of them were strikeouts. Dickey had nine for the Panthers.
”We face their ace. They faced our ace. I’m sure they’re not pleased with the amount of strikeouts they had. We don’t want to see that many. When you’re facing a guy that goes out there and is able to mix his pitches, its hard. Its tough.” - Head Coach Scott Scudder
Unfortunately one of the teams had to lose and this time it was North Lamar coming out on the short end of a 2-1 score. Pleasant Grove struck first as they were able to push across a run in the first inning. After the first two batters walked to start the game, Joe Pearlman would score on an RBI single by Jacob Smith.
The next run for PG would come in the third inning. Pearlman would single and then come around to score on an RBI single by Carson Cox. That would be all the scoring the Hawks would manage but it’s all they needed.
North Lamar didn’t have their first base runner until the fourth inning when Brayden Steed worked a walk. Their first hit of the game wouldn’t come until the fifth inning when Tyler Biard hit a soft line drive for a single. North Lamar would load the bases in the inning but could not bring anyone home as Bolden got out of it with a strikeout.
North Lamar’s only run came in the seventh inning. With a two-run lead, Pleasant Grove went with relief pitcher Sawyer Smallwood. The first batter he faced, Jacob Roberts, worked a walk. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and would come around to score when Sam Cowling hit an RBI single to right field.
Pearlman would replace Smallwood on the mound and give up a single to Steed. With runners on first and second and one out North Lamar was hoping for more. Pearlman would get the job done for PG, though, as he got Chad Box to strike out and Trey Scudder hit a medium line drive to the second baseman.
With the loss, North Lamar falls to 2-1 in district. They will travel to Liberty-Eylau on Tuesday night to face the Leopards.