Panthers wrap up district crown over Cumby; Lady Panthers fall to MP Chapel Hill in warm-up

From Staff Reports

April 24, 2008 - BIRTHRIGHT - The District 17-A baseball title between the North Hopkins Panthers and the Cumby Trojans came down to one crucial pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday.

With Cumby leading 10-8 heading into the final frame, North Hopkins scored three runs, with the game-winner coming when freshman Paco Castro was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Panthers an 11-10 victory.

NH's Patrick Gold reached first on an error to lead off the inning, and Dillon Mitchell was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Canyon Cockrum hit a two-run bloop single to right field to tie the game. Cockrum was able to advance to third on the play, and Cumby coach Scott Mabe intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases and set up a possible double play. But, instead Castro was hit to force in the winning run.

"I was really proud of our guys," said NHHS coach Tim Henderson. "We worked hard all season and it paid off. We had a lot to live up to being the district champs three previous years. It sure feels good making it four in a row."

Bradley Ball allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and three walks for the Panthers, while Cockrum went 1 2/3 innings allowing one run on two hits. He struck out two batters and walked one.

North Hopkins was led at the plate by Cockrum as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Lorenzo Rivera went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and one run scored. Castro and Joe Smiddy also recorded hits for the Panthers.

Softball

MP Chapel Hill 5, NH 1

MOUNT PLEASANT - North Hopkins Lady Panthers lost its first of their two softball warm-up games to the Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill Lady Red Devils 5-1 on Tuesday.

"We hit the ball hard all night, but did not hit the gaps," said NHHS coach Jim Westbrook. "We will play Chapel Hill at home on Friday in another warm-up game."

The Lady Panthers (17-8) recorded two hits against Lady Red Devils pitching as Chastin Smiddy went 2-for-3 with one run scored.

The duo of Jessica Harry and Smiddy combined for a five-hitter as Harry took the loss in the circle. She went four innings, giving up four runs on two hits with seven walks and three strikeouts. Smiddy went the final two innings allowing one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.

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