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Perry drubs Howard to secure region title

Perry wrapped up the Region 4-AAAA championship Wednesday – really more a formality than anything, as all season long the Panthers have had little to no trouble with those in the division. Regardless, Perry wrapped things up with an 11-1 win over Howard Monday, followed by a 12-2 win Wednesday. The two have a third game slated for Friday at Howard, but it is irrelevant as the standings are concerned.

The first game took seven innings – but there was little doubt to the outcome. The second took only five innings, thanks mostly to an eight-run second. They also scored one in the first and three in the fifth while out-hitting the Huskies 10-2.

Tanner Knowles, Carson Bryant, Tyler Newhouse and Lane Smith each had two hits to help lead the offense. Knowles was 2-3 with a walk. He drove in one and scored twice. Bryant was 2-4. He drove in two and scored once. Newhouse was 2-4 with two RBIs and Smith was 2-2 – one of those a double – while brining in three.

Brayden Long was only 1-3 with a walk but he brought in two as well, while scoring three times.

Ben McDow was stellar on the mound. He worked all five innings, walking four and striking out 11.

Perry improved to 20-9 overall with the win, 16-1 in the region. Howard slipped to 15-13, 12-5.

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