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Panola baseball begins conference action

The Ponies played Paris Junior College in Whitehouse this past weekend.

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The Ponies opened up Region 14 East Conference Play. Rain-soaked fields caused scheduling and venue changes. The Ponies traveled to Whitehouse Sunday, March 4, to take on the Paris Junior College Dragons in a double header followed by a single nine inning game on Monday.

Game 1 started out with the Dragons jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, but starting pitcher Jarret Worth was able to settle in, striking out six and walking only one with six hits in his six innings of work. Garret Hermes finished the game with one inning pitched allowing only one hit.

The Pony bats were swinging away and hitting balls hard, but didn’t have much to show for it. Christian Boulware had a hard hit double in the second inning and Austin DeLeon had an opposite field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the team’s only run of the game. The Ponies dropped game one by a final score of 6-1.

Game 2 of the double header was a different story. The Ponies pounded out 19 hits with 10 of them earning extra bases (4 home runs, 6 doubles). Michael Lawson led the way with a 5-hit game and many of his teammates followed with a multi-hit game (Sibley 3, Deleon 2, Boulware 3, Wiley 3). The Panola Ponies got off to a hot start on offense sparked by lead off hitter Cam Sibley. Sibley worked a full count before depositing a ball deep over the right field fence to get the Ponies on the board right for the start. The team continued to rally putting up 5 total runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the fourth inning Christian Boulware and Jordan Wiley went back to back hitting consecutive home runs to extend the lead over the Dragons 10-5. Josh Walker wanted his piece of the long ball and extended the game to a 13-9 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Pony bullpen was able to shut down the last three innings to secure the victory for the team. Chris Henderson threw two innings while striking out five  hitters and Nick Barnes came in the final inning and struck out two batters in a quick 3 up 3 down inning to give the Ponies their first conference win of the season.

Game 3 for the Ponies did not start how they had hoped. The Dragons of Paris put up 7 runs in the bottom of the first and the Ponies were in a hole early. Nick Barnes and Zach Goree were able to come in and shut down the Paris offense for the rest of the game. After 1 run in the second, Goree tossed five  scoreless innings striking out seven and only allowing three hits. The Pony offense got heated up in the 6th by a long home run off the bat of Kade Clemens (4th) and a two-out hit by Austin DeLeon scoring a run. The Ponies were able to scratch one more across in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Michael Lawson. The Ponies fought back but came up short after falling in a hole early. The Ponies finished up the weekend going (1-2) in the conference opener.

Pony baseball is back in action this week taking on UT Tyler on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Tyler. They will continue conference play by taking on Northeast Texas Community College. Game 1 of the series is scheduled to be a 9 inning game Thursday in Carthage  starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Ponies will travel to Mount Pleasant to take on NTCC with a double header starting at 12 p.m.

See the complete Photo Gallery – Panola vs Parish 3-4-18 – courtesy of Kraig Cain, Photographer.

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