Baseball: Cards deck Paradise

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Making a Sacrifice

MAKING A SACRIFICE – Blaine Gibson lays down a bunt during the Panthers’ game one loss to Pottsboro. Messenger photo by James Moats

John Bridgeman and Bryson Myers supplied the Paradise Panthers will a pair of strong starts, allowing only five runs over a combined 13 innings Friday and Saturday.

But the Panthers offense couldn’t solve the mastery of the Pottsboro pitching either game, being held to just two runs on five hits in the Class 3A Region II bi-district series. The Cardinals scored a pair of 4-1 wins to win the series and end the Panthers’ season at 12-16-1.

Bridgeman dominated over seven innings of game one, holding the Cardinals to an unearned run in the second inning. Bridgeman allowed only two hits, striking out 11 and walking three.

With the score tied at 1-1 after seven innings, Bridgeman gave way to Matthew Whalen in the eighth after 122 pitches. Whalen kept Pottsboro off the scoreboard until the ninth when the Cardinals pushed across three unearned runs to get the 4-1 victory.

In game two, Pottsboro opened the game with four runs in the first with the help of a Paradise error, two singles and a pair of hit batters.

After the first, Myers held Pottsboro scoreless over the next five innings. Myers struck out six and allowed one earned run on five hits.

Myers and Patrick Dorado managed the Panthers’ only two hits.

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