Round one between Perry and fellow Region 2-AAAA opponent Howard went to the Panthers. That was thanks in part to a little bit of late scoring. It enabled them to pull out an 8-6 win at home.
Perry, which got its first win in the division – now 1-3 (9-7 overall) while the Huskies fell to 0-4 (6-12) – enjoyed a two-run first. It then added one in the second. That stood until the fourth
They were actually out-hit by Perry 13-5. Andrew Newhouse had four of those for the Panthers. In five at bats he also earned an RBI and scored once. John Micah Law got him home one time, as he went 2-3 with three RBIs. Beau Bryant (1-3), Jacob Hunt (1-4), Cameron Mashburn (0-3) and Trevor Dykes (0-4) also drove in one.
Law also earned the win. He went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and three runs. He walked two but also struck out nine. Justin Eckman also worked an inning. He gave up two hits, a run, walked two and struck out one. Finally, Tanner Wilson worked a third of an inning with no hits or runs and fanning one.
The two teams were scheduled to meet again today (March 27) for a doubleheader at Howard. First pitch was slated for 2 p.m.
That might have been a bit closer had the Trojans been able to make more of their hits. They had eight. Veterans had nine. Lee County stranded 10. The Warhawks left seven on.
They benefitted from Derek Wylie’s homerun – while going 2-4 – as well as RBIs from Jacob Pierce (1-3 with a walk), Leyton Pinckney (3-4) and Jemalie Simmons (1-3).
Cole Hooks also worked six strong innings. He scattered six hits and didn’t give up a run. He walked three but evened that out with three strikeouts. Jayden Chance also worked an inning. He gave up two hits, the run, while striking out two and not walking a hitter.
Veterans improved to 16-5 with the win, while Lee County dropped to 12-5.