Panthers Hold off Atlanta Rally to Take Over Second Place in District

(Photo by Joe Watson) 

(Photo by Joe Watson) 

After falling behind early, the Panthers used three run innings to take control of the game. North Lamar three runs in each of the second, third and fifth innings in their 9-8 victory.

Atlanta jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. In the bottom of the second, though, North Lamar would answer. After Tyler Biard was hit by a pitch and Cade Conway walked, Jake Roberts hit a 2-2 pitch over the right fielder's head for a triple. Roberts would come around and score on a Sam Cowling single.

In the third inning, North Lamar would see the first three batters reach base. Roberts would get another RBI as he hit into a fielder's choice which allowed Seth Adams to score. A groundout and an error would plate two more Panthers, giving them a 6-4 lead after three.

The score would remain that way until the fifth inning, when Atlanta would score three runs to take a 7-6 lead. The Panthers would would respond, though with three in the bottom of the inning. After a couple of walks, Conway would come around and score after Austin Exum reached on an error. Roberts would come around score later in the inning after Zeke Wood singled to right field. Exum would come around and score in a bases loaded walk to Austin Stephens.

The game would get really interesting in the top of the seventh inning. With one run already across and the bases loaded, Atlanta only had one out. North Lamar had the corners playing in and the middle infielders at double-play depth. Doran Hutchinson got Atlanta to hit into a double play. BJ Hammonds hit a line drive right to the second baseman Cowling. Cowling ran to the bag and touched second to double up the runner. The game was over and North Lamar could breathe a sigh of relief.

With the win, coupled with a Paris and Liberty Eylau loss, North Lamar is now in second place in the district. They will travel to Pittsburg on Tuesday to play the Pirates.

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