North Hopkins remains perfect in District 17-A play with extra inning thriller over Trojans

From Staff Reports

April 2, 2007 - BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Panthers remained undefeated in district play with a 5-4 win in eight innings over Cumby Friday night.

Down 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bradley Ball lead off the inning with a walk, followed by Ricky Willis reaching on an error, A.D. Ramirez loaded the bases with a walk.

Jy'Darius Hawkins then tied the game at 4-4 after being hit by a pitch to score Ball and then Lorenzo Rivera drove in Willis with a walk-off base hit over the right fielders head for the 5-4 win.

North Hopkins held a 2-0 lead after the third inning as Rivera reached on an error, followed by a base hit from Stephen Crocker, Dustin Clements cleared the bases with a double to right center for the 2-0 lead.

Cumby then scored three runs in the top of the seventh as Owens led off the inning with a single to center, followed by a single from Jeffrey Smith to put runners on first and second. With one out, Josh Rodriguez smacked a curveball over the fence to put the Trojans up, 3-2.

Crocker then came back in the bottom half of the inning and hit a solo shot off Rodriguez to tie the game at 3-3.

In the top of the eighth inning, Cumby's Jake Vann led off the inning with a single and then Putter Potts reached on a walk and Vaughn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Vann then gave Cumby a 4-3 lead scoring on a passed ball.

Ball took the win on the mound for North Hopkins throwing a complete game five-hitter with three walks and 10 strikeouts. He also hit two batters in the game.

Crocker went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI, while Clements, Jeremy Dixon, Willis and Rivera each recorded a hit for the Panthers.

For Cumby, Rodriguez took the loss giving up six hits, five walks and had 15 strikeouts. He hit three batters in the game.

The Panthers return to the field tonight at Saltillo. Saltillo is 5-2 overall and 2-0 in District play.

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