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NH Panthers take baseball playoff win

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LONGVIEW — Key hits and steady pitching paced the North Hopkins Panthers to a 9-4 win over James Bowie in Class 1A bi-district baseball playoff action.
The game was originally set for Mount Pleasant, but wet playing conditions forced the contest to be moved to Pine Tree’s Field of Dreams Thursday.
North Hopkins got 10 hits on the night, pushing across nine runs.
Paco Castro was 3-for-4 at the dish with three runs scored; Jason Leber was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two stolen bases; Lorenzo Rivera was 2-for-2 with three RBIs; Canyon Cockrum knocked in two with a single; Brandon Joslin had one hit, one walk and two RBIs; Dillan Mitchell was 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
Castro was the winning pitcher seven innings pitched, allowing five hits, four runs total (one earned run), striking out five as he faced 31 batters in the complete game.
“Paco just kept getting better as the game went on. We gave up two runs in the second inning, after that he got better the longer he pitched. By the time the game was over he was pitching lights out,” said North Hopkins head baseball coach Tim Henderson.
The coach continued, “It was a good game for us overall. We’re glad to win and keep playing.”
The Panthers now face No. 1-state ranked Carlisle, a team with a perfect 23-0 record. The teams collide Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the area playoffs in Pine Tree.
“We have nothing lose going up against the No. 1 team in the state,” Henderson said. “You have to play them all sooner or later. From what I hear, they have the full package. They can run, hit, field, pitch. You don’t get to be No. 1 for nothing. It will be tough, but we will play our best.”
 

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