Ponies sweep Baton Rouge CC

Kraig Cain
Ponies in action against Baton Rouge Community College.

Panola College opened the season at home with a 3-game sweep of the Baton Rouge Community College Bears on Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27. The Pony bats were alive all weekend, blasting 8 homeruns and scoring 36 runs on the weekend.

The Ponies dominated Saturday night’s opening game.  Sophomore pitcher Jarrett Whorff took the mound and was nothing but nails for the home team. Whorff went 4.2 ip,1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, and struck out 5. Freshman right hander Hayden Collins backed up Whorff with a dominant performance of his own (4k in 2.1 innings), before handing the ball to sophomore Chris Edwards to finish the game. The Pony offense got off to a quick start and didn’t stop. Austin Bost (2), Kade Clemens, Trent Touchet, and Cam Sibley all went big fly and hit homeruns for the Ponies, which led to an opening day 9-4 win for the good guys.

Sunday’s doubleheader was all Panola. Tyler Davis and Trey Lindsay combined for 7 innings 1 ER, 1 BB, and 10 Ks. The Bears were only able to round up 4 hits off of the two right handers. At the plate the Ponies picked up right where they left off — 9 hits that plated 12 runs. Clemens blasted his second long ball of the year. Freshman 2nd baseman Thomas Grilli, and sophomore outfielder Joe Stevens combined to drive in 5 runs with 2 hits apiece. The Ponies took game 2 by a score of 12-2.

The second game of the doubleheader was a wild one. Freshman right-hander Chad Dallas took the mound and got the Ponies off to a good start. Dallas fought through some tough jams and ended up going 4 solid innings, only giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 6. A couple of miscues on the mound and defense led the Ponies to give BRCC the lead in the top of the 7th, 6-5. In the bottom of the 7th, Mateo Beltran stepped up and blasted a moonshot over the fence in left for his first homerun of the year, tying the game at 6. Garret Hermes came out of the bullpen in the top of the 8th inning, needing to shut down the Bears and he did just that. Hermes went two scoreless innings and gave the offense a chance to win the ballgame. In the bottom of the 8th, a fire lit in the Ponies’ bats. With 2 outs, the Ponies rallied off 3 walks, 6 hits (4 doubles, 1 single, 1 homerun) that led to 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Bost capped off the big inning, launching a grand slam to put the Bears’ chances way out of reach. Panola wins 15-6

See more of photographer Kraig Cain’s photos at the Ponies vs BPCC Gallery.

The Ponies are back in action Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3 with a 3 game series against Eastern Oklahoma at home.