Ponies win two from Angelina
Saturday, April 6, playing at home in Carthage, the Panola Ponies baseball team rallied behind two strong, complete-game pitching performances by Gavin Williamson and Hunter Palmer to win both ends of their double-header with the Angelina Roadrunners. Overall, the Ponies are 22-12 on the season. The Ponies are in second place in the Eastern Zone of Region 14 with a conference record of 16-6. The first-place Navarro Bulldogs continued their winning ways Wednesday, sweeping the Paris Dragons 2-1 and 4-1.
In Game 1 Saturday, Carthage’s Gavin Williamson (4-1) struck out six and scattered eight hits to rack up his second straight complete game win. After surrendering a two-run homer to Angelina’s Greg Belton in the first inning, Williamson closed the door on the Roadrunners, allowing only one runner to advance past second.
The Ponies tied the score 2-2 in the bottom of the second when shortstop Trevin Sonnier reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball. The Ponies took the lead for good in the fifth when DH Clint Cage walked and scored on Matt Spruill’s double. Jacob Blissett followed with a single that scored Spruill and advanced to third on a fielding error by Angelina’s centerfielder. Blissett scored on Derrian James’s single, making the score 5-2. In the bottom of the fifth, Giovanni Lugo’s solo home run capped the scoring for the Ponies. Lugo was 2-4 in the game.
Final Score: Ponies 6, Roadrunners 2
Hunter Palmer posted another pitching gem for the Ponies in Game 2, hurling a complete-game, 9-inning shutout. Palmer surrendered four hits, walked one and struck out one to improve his record to 6-2 on the season. Palmer has pitched well in his last three starts, and was dominating against Angelina. For a 9-inning game, he tossed a meager 78 total pitches at opposing batters. The Roadrunners never seriously threatened to score, moving only one runner as far as third base.
The Ponies struck early when Giovanni Lugo’s single scored Derrian James and Hunter Hagler in the first inning. The Ponies’ second baseman, one of three Puerto Ricans on the team, has established himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in Region XIV.
The Ponies racked up 12 hits in the game, all singles. Spring Hill’s Greg Martens scored and drove in two runs. Spruill had two hits, scored twice and added two stolen bases to his totals. Catcher Ely Whitmire had two hits, including a 2-RBI double in the Ponies’ big sixth inning. Sonnier singled, walked, and scored a run.
Final Score: Ponies 8, Roadrunners 0
Next up, Tuesday, April 9, the Ponies play a non-conference double header with the Blinn Buccaneers, in Carthage. Game time is 3pm. Back in February, the Ponies split a doubleheader with Blinn in Brenham. The Buccaneers represent the Western Zone of Region XIV. The games Tuesday might be a preview of things to come in the Region XIV Tournament to be played in May.
The Ponies resume conference play Saturday, April 13, when they travel to Mt. Pleasant to take on the Northeast Texas Eagles. The Eagles are currently 7-15 in conference play, but two of their wins have come at the expense of the Ponies.
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