Panthers, Trojans both win to set up district showdown

From Staff Reports

Mar. 29, 2007 - North Hopkins maintained its lead in District 17-A baseball by whipping Roxton on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with second-place Cumby on Friday. Cumby shutout Sulphur Bluff.

Meanwhile, Miller Grove notched its first district victory on Wednesday.

District 19-A

Miller Grove 10, Fruitvale 5

MILLER GROVE - The Miller Grove Hornets took a 9-0 lead, then weathered a comeback attempt by Fruitvale to pick up their first District 19-A victory.

The Hornets (9-8 overall, 1-1 in district) got a solid pitching performance from the trio of Reece Evans, Seth Roberts and Brady Harmon, who allowed just three hits.

Evans also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple and home run, Harmon also had three hits including a double, and Roberts had a single, RBI and scored a run. Jeramie Burns, Dakota Hrabal, Jordan Lennon and Aaron Baylus all had one hit. Hrabal and Baylus also knocked in a run and scored one.

Evans struck out 11 batters in 4 2/3 innings and had a no-hit shutout going into the fifth, but got into trouble that inning with a walk a hit-batter and two errors committed behind him. Roberts came on to get out of the inning and Harmon closed out the game in the seventh.

The Hornets' next game is 4:30 p.m. Friday against Union Hill.

District 17-A

North Hopkins 21, Roxton 0

BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Panthers improved to 3-0 in District 17-A (9-9 overall) in a four-inning run-rule victory.

A.D. Ramirez threw a one-hitter against Roxton (0-2) with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Panthers cranked out five home runs, two of them by Rickey Willis who ended with four RBI. Other home run hitters were Dustin Clements, who also had two hits and two RBI, Jeremy Dixon and Joe Smiddy. Lorenzo Rivera and Steven Crocker with three hits apiece.

Others hitting safely in North Hopkins' 20-hit attack were Bradley Ball with two hits, Ramirez with a double and two RBI, Jydarius Hawkins with two hits, and Juan Ruiz with two RBI.

The Panthers host Cumby on Friday.

Cumby 14 Sulphur Bluff 0

Kris Stanford upped his record to 2-2 with a one-hit shutout of Sulphur Bluff, allowing only an opposite-field single in the third.

He struck out six and walked five in four innings. Josh Rodriguez struck out the side in the fifth to end the game.

"Kris struggled with his control in the third, but got a comebacker and started a 1-2-3 double play to get out of that inning," said Cumby head coach Scott Mabe. "It was his first start in two weeks and he was a little rusty. His breaking ball had a lot of bite today."

Brixx Hawthorne had an RBI double to open the scoring in the first, Jake Vann had a two-run single in the Trojans' four-run third inning, and the Trojans scored eight times in the fourth.

Cumby (9-7, 2-1) travels to North Hopkins at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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