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    The following softball and baseball scores were reported.

North Hopkins 17,
Sulphur Bluff 2
    SULPHUR BLUFF —  The North Hopkins Lady Panthers moved to 6-2 in District 16A with a 17-2 win over Sulphur Bluff to solidify their playoff in second place behind Saltillo (8-0).
    Macy Griner got the win on the mound, tossing three innings with Chelsey Crouch coming in in the final inning to finish the game. Crouch continued her torrid hitting pace with a 3 for 4 day at the plate raising her district batting average to .636 and a season average of .529. Freshman Baile Gammill had two hits to end the regular season at .516 and district with .500. Sarah Weatheread added a triple to park a six-run third inning for the Lady Panthers.
    "We are waiting to see who ends up in third place in District 15A. Bland is one game up on Wolfe City and they play Friday," Coach Larry Tucker said. "I am very proud of these young ladies this year. We only had two starters returning and the young girls really picked it up. I am happy for my seniors, Macy Griner and Briana Weigel. They have been great leaders this year."
    The Lady Panthers end the regular season with a 13-12-1 record and will be playing in bi-district at the end of next week.
 Cumby 9  
North Hopkins 2
     Charlie Potts picked up his seventh win of the year going six innings, scattering five hits and one earned run.  He struck out three and walked two as Cumby won 9-2 over the Panthers.  
    “Charlie really battled today, his curve ball was working well.  He really wanted to finish in the seventh, but after a lead off misplayed ball on the infield, we brought in Colton Speights to finish,” said Scott Mabe, Cumby head baseball coach. “Colton faced the final three batters, striking out two. This was the longest Charlie has gone since coming back from an injury earlier in the year, he did a great job for us.”
    Potts went 3 for 3 with an RBI, reaching base all four at bats. Cody Anderson belted his first homer of the year with a two run blast in the sixth stretching Cumby's lead to 9-1.  
    James Evans was 2 for 3 and Speights scored three times in the leadoff spot for the Trojans.    
    Mabe said, “I was really proud of our squad, it was a good day for us.”
 Cumby 18
 Honey Grove 8
     CUMBY — Charlie Potts had a huge day Saturday in Cumby, belting two home runs including a grand slam.
    The slam came in the sixth  inning after belting a two-run blast in the fifth inning, accounting for six runs batted in on the day.  Justin Smith added three hits, Colton Speights had two hits and scored five runs in the leadoff spot for Cumby. Anderson scored four runs with two hits and one run batted in, Dustin Heer also had two hits as well as D.J. Lackey who had three RBIs. Luke Sartin also had two hits.
    “This was one of the best offensive days we have had against a good Honey Grove team, we were seeing the ball really well. We had 16 hits in six innings, that really helps,” Coach Scott Mabe said. “Potts, Smith and Speights combined on the mound for the win.  We should have closed out the game in the fifih inning up 11-1, but we had a couple of defensive miscues giving up some unearned runs.  Speights came in and shut the door for us. Hitting the ball like we did today overcomes a lot of woes.”
    Cumby hosts Saltillo at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Sulphur Bluff 1,
Roxton 0
    Blake Brown threw a shutout striking out 12 as the Sulphur Bluff Bears won 1-0 over Roxton.
    Collin Williams was 2 for 3. Hunter Powers, Clay Mitchell and Landon Earley had one hit each for the Bears.
    The only run scored when Justin Goldsmith raced hom on a ground out by Mitchell.
    Coach Blake Hill said, “Our boys did a great job seeing pitches in the first half of the game. Credit goes to both pitchers, Walker Wharton of Roxton had nine strikeouts and Brown had 12. This district is still a mess and there is still some good baseball yet to be played. I do not think anyone will know the outcome until the final day.”
    The Bears host Fannindel at 4:30 p.m. Friday.




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