Ponies win, advance in Region XIV Tournament
The Panola College Ponies defeated the Blinn Buccaneers 3-2 to advance to the winner’s bracket of the Region XIV championship tournament.
Gavin Williamson recorded the his 8th win of the season, surrendering only two runs while racking up a season-high 9 strikeouts. ADAM ATKINSON relieved Williamson with one out in the top of the eighth and retired the next four batters, striking out 2, to earn the save.
Derrian James was 3-3 at the plate with a triple and two singles. James scored in the 3rd on an RBI single by Hunter Hagler. In the next frame, Clint Cage hit his 6th home run of the year to give the Ponies a 2-1 lead. Cage’s former Carthage Bulldog teammate, Jacob Blissett, plated what proved to be the winning run on a sac fly.
The Ponies will play San Jacinto at 8pm Sunday, May 12, the 2nd round of championship tournament play in Lufkin at Angelina College.