Sometimes, as an opponent, you have to tip your hat to the team you're facing. This was the case for the Panthers as they faced the Paris Wildcats in their district opener at Hub Hollis Field.
Playing a day later than scheduled due to rain, the Panthers ran into a dominating pitching performance by pitcher Phil Sikes. Sikes got 19 of the 21 outs via strikeout on Saturday night in the Wildcats 9-0 victory over North Lamar.
THe first time 11 batters were all strikeout victims for North Lamar. It wasn't until the fourth inning that they finally broke through against the big right-handed senior.
Austin Exum reached on an error by the second baseman of Paris. Zeke Woods than roped a single over the head of the shortstop. That was all the base runners the Panthers would get against Sikes.
On the other side, the Panthers defense had a rough night. The Panthers finished with six errors on the night. Of the nine runs scored, only three of them were earned on the night.
Jacob Roberts started on the mound for North Lamar. He only lasted two innings as he allowed five hits to the Wildcats. Seth Adams came in and pitched the final four innings, allowing one hit.
With the loss, North Lamar is 0-1 in district and 11-5 overall. They will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday night. Paris is now 1-0 and will travel to Pleasant Grove on Tuesday.