Houston County, Perry and Northside got their regular season under way Monday (minus a couple of scrimmages).
For the Bears and Eagles, it was no problem. For the Panthers, not so, mainly because they were playing Houston County and it beat them 9-1.
Seven of those runs came in the first. Perry was able to make it go seven innings, but it finished with only one hit. That was via Jackson Nipper (1-3), an RBI single that scored Tanner Knowles. Knowles had reached via a walk and moved to third on an error on Colby McCleese’s ground ball.
The Bears finished with nine hits. Jacob Profit, Coleman Willis and Christian Davis each had two of those. Profit was 2-4 with two runs scored. Willis was 2-3 with a walk, an RBI and run scored and Davis was 2-4 with two driven in and one scored.
Three pitchers combined to shut the Panthers down. Jaden Woods, Brodie Chestnutt each worked three innings and Willis one. Woods struck out nine while not allowing a hit. Chestnutt fanned six while allowing one. Willis had a strikeout and all each had one walk.
The Eagles beat Baldwin 16-1. It took only three innings, mainly because 15 of those runs came in the first. The club finished with 16 hits. The Braves had one. They were shut down by Levi Walker who worked a complete game. He struck out seven and walked one.
He also had two hits in two at bats, walked once, drove in two and scored once.
Dylan Franks also had two hits in two at bats. He earned one RBI and came home twice.
Tyler Wilson was 2-2 with a walk, two driven in and two scored and Deonte’ Lowe, despite the fact he was hitless – he did have a walk – collected three RBIs.