North Hopkins get run-ruled in game one
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

May 6, 2005 - PITTSBURG - Everything that could go wrong went wrong for the North Hopkins Panthers in Game 1 of their bi-district series against the No. 6-ranked Harleton Wildcats.

Harleton exploded out to a 7-0 lead during the top of the first inning Thursday and never looked back in a 13-2 run-rule shortened win over the Panthers to take a 1-0 lead in the best two-out-of-three series.

Coach Steve Drummond's team is now 22-5 on the season and had its 15-game win streak snapped.

Game 2 is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at Pittsburg. If necessary, Game 3 will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.

Jake Wix started off the game for the Wildcats with a single, followed by Rory Hollon popping up to Bradley Ball for their first out before the next six batters got on base in the inning.

Josh Salmon reached on a single, Lyons loaded the bases on a North Hopkins error, and Ross Hollon nailed an RBI single to score Wix for the 1-0 lead. Daniel Martin then cleared the bases with a grand slam home run to left field for a 5-0 lead.

Following a walk to Bryan Baker, Harleton's Colton Knuckols smashed a Josh McPherson offering for a two-run shot to left field for a 7-0 advantage.

North Hopkins battled back in the bottom of the inning as Martin, Harleton's starting pitcher, started off the inning by hitting Jake Cockrum and then walking McPherson, Micah Walker and Joe Smiddy in succession, sending Cockrum in for a 7-1 deficit.

McPherson then came in to score on a wild pitch by Martin for the 7-2 deficit. Martin was then pulled, giving way to Troy Lyons who picked up the win.

Lyons went five innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts, including seven of the last nine batters he faced in the final three innings of the game.

Harleton scored four more runs in the top of the third inning starting with Garrett Morris being hit by McPherson, and after a fielder's choice by Wix, Rory Hollon nailed an RBI single scoring Morris for the 8-2 lead.

Salmon then drove in Wix, Hollon scored on a wild pitch, and Lyons drove in Jaccob Eberhart, who was the courtesy runner for Salmon, for an 11-2 lead.

Harleton wrapped up the scoring in the fifth inning as Ross Hollon smacked an RBI double scoring Rory Hollon and Brian Morris for the 13-2 finale.

Salmon and Lyons each went 3-for-4 in the win, and Ross Hollon went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

McPherson took the loss, giving up 11 runs on 11 hits, 10 of them earned, two walks and one hit batter in three innings of work.

Harleton is the No. 6 team in the state in Class A with a record of 22-2 overall, and the No. 2 seed in their district behind Gilmer Union Hill.

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