It had been 10 days since the North Lamar Panthers had played a meaningful baseball game. Kevin Dickey hadn't pitched in two weeks. Now factor in the amount of games about to be played for North Lamar and you realize how important it is for a big game from Dickey against Liberty Eylau Friday night.
Not only did they need it, he provided it as he went the distance in a 5-3 Panthers victory. Only two of the runs allowed were earned by Kevin as North Lamar did have four errors. He allowed two hits and walked four.
The most impressive number, though, is 16. As in 16 strikeouts. Dickey threw a combination of off speed pitches along with his fastball that kept the LE batters guessing all night long.
At the plate, the Panthers managed five runs on six hits. It started in the first when Brayden Steed led off the game with a single. North Lamar would bat seven men and score three of them in the inning. They would score their other two runs in the third inning. LE scored one run in each of the first, third and seventh innings.
With the win, North Lamar is now 6-1 in district. They will make up their game against Paris on Saturday night at POS Long field. First pitch is set for 6:30.