By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
BIRTHRIGHT — The North Hopkins Panthers took another step toward winning district, downing Cumby 10-2 Tuesday afternoon.
The large crowd at the NH baseball park got to see a spirited game between two district foes.
North Hopkins broke open the game with five runs in the second and cruised behind outstanding pitching.
Starter Wyatt Wharton struck out 10 while allowing just two runs off six hits in five innings against the Trojans. Caleb Wyatt pitched two innings in relief, fanning five allowing no runs or hits.
Cooper Adams had three RBI to pace the Panther offense with one hit and one walk. Wharton knocked in two with two hits. Victor Rojo, Chase Williams also knocked in runs with hits.
Cumby got two hits, including a double and one RBI from Braden Coble. Ethan Coble had one hit, one RBI. R.J. Valentine contributed two singles and scored twice.
Ethan Coble was the losing pitcher giving up four earned runs in 1.1 innings of work, fanning three and walking six. Valentine and Braden Coble pitched in relief.
“The atmosphere was great in Birthright Tuesday, Lots of fans showed up for Farmers Electric Cooperation fan fest,” said Tim Henderson NH head baseball coach. “ I’d liked to give a special thanks to Frank Spataro and FEC for coming out and showing us such great generosity. The game went our way as we pitched the ball outstanding today. Our defense ran down several hard hit balls in the outfield that could have made the game a lot closer than it was. We are one step closer to our district title but have to win one of two in Cumby. Of course I want to win them all. Our next game will be at Cumby at 4:30 this Friday. “
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