Posted on 02 May 2015.
Thursday’s Wise County bout had several implications.
Boyd absolutely needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt and likewise, a Paradise win would ensure their postseason future.
With that in mind, the Panthers came out with a 10-run first inning that put the game out of reach as soon as it started. Paradise went on for the 18-2 win over rival Boyd.
Paradise pounded the ball, with every player in the lineup collecting a hit off of Boyd’s pitching combination of Spencer Pellegrini, Evan Stephenson and Michael Spinelli.
Altogether, the Panthers recorded 18 runs on 17 hits.
Paradise’s Austin Hogan got four hits in five at-bats. He drove in four runs and crossed home three times.
Skylar Black also drove in four Panther runs on three hits.
Both of Boyd’s runs came in the third inning, beginning with a Trace Moran single and a Tyler Kemp double.
Clay Barnett grounded out to second to score Moran. Colten Bruce singled to right field to bring home Kemp.
Paradise used three pitchers in the five-inning contest.
Bryson Meyers started the game, allowing one hit and two scoreless innings.
Austin Hogan followed with two innings on the mound, allowing four hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Black closed the game for Paradise, throwing 11 pitches to allow one hit.
Paradise’s district record moves to 8-5, leapfrogging Henrietta for the third-place spot.
Henrietta lost to Holliday, falling to 7-6 in 9-3A, while Boyd drops to 6-7.
If Henrietta were to lose their final district game, and Boyd wins, Henrietta owns the tiebreaker over Boyd after winning both head-to-heads.
BRIDGEPORT 6, SPRINGTOWN 5
Bridgeport’s Mason Baker drove in three runs in Bridgeport’s 6-5 win over Springtown Wednesday.
Despite striking out 11 times, Bridgeport managed 10 hits and brought in two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead on its home field.
Corbin Coleman took the mound for the Bulls and struck out 10 Porcupine batters in his seven innings of work, and Bridgeport overcame three errors to keep themselves in the ballgame and eventually win it.
The win moves Bridgeport’s record to 4-4, tied with Springtown.
Bridgeport owns the tiebreaker after winning both district games, making the Bulls the third seed out of 8-4A behind district champion Decatur and second seed Castleberry.
DECATUR 4, ABILENE WYLIE 2
The Eagles used the arm of Jaxon Terrell to propel them past Abilene Wylie Thursday.
Terrell pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and two runs in the 4-2 victory.
Trey Penny did a nice job in relief, pitching the final out of the sixth and seventh innings.
Penny struck out three and gave up no hits or runs to get the save.
AJ Johnson doubled, driving in a run and scoring himself. Johnson also walked once.
Derek Potts drove in two Decatur runs. Michael Hicks also went 1-for-1.
The non-district game was a “warm-up” game for the Eagles, as they prepare for the playoffs.
Decatur will face Godley in the first round of the postseason in a one-game playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Northwest High School.
KELLER 12, NORTHWEST 1
Despite getting five hits and five walks, the Texans couldn’t keep up with district-leading Keller’s 12 runs on nine hits.
The Indians also worked in nine walks off of Northwest’s four-pitcher crew of Anthony Phillips, Cameron Rhodes, Garret Moltzan and Hunter Lawless.
The Texan’s lone run came in the bottom of the first inning when Hunter Lawless singled to short and an ensuing error allowed Jacob Paytonjian to cross home.
The loss drops the Texans’ record to 4-9, ahead of only 3-10 Denton Ryan in the 5-6A standings.
The Texans are seventh overall and will miss out on the 2015 playoffs.