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Perry splits with Whitewater; Game Three this evening

The Perry Panthers hosted the Whitewater Wildcats in a doubleheader in the Sweet Sixteen of the GHSA AAAA Baseball Playoffs yesterday and the result was an 18-8 Wildcats’ victory in Game One and Game Two saw a 3-2 Panthers’ victory to force the winner-take-all Game Three. The visitors got the scoring started in Game One by plating two runs in the top of the first and the host responded by plating six runs in the last of the first to lead 6-2.

In the top of the third, Whitewater closed the gap down to 6-5 after plating three runs and they would tie the game up at 6 a piece after plating one run in the top half of the fifth. The Wildcats exploded in the top of the sixth by plating nine runs to lead 15-6 and they plated three more in the top half of the seventh to lead 18-6 going into the last of the seventh.

Perry would plate two runs in the last of the seventh but would not get any closer as Whitewater won Game One 18-8 to take a 1-0 series lead. Brady Bearden and Nate Sullivan led the Panthers in rbis with three a piece followed by Carson Shaw with one.

Game Two would feature Whitewater as the designated host and they once again got the scoring started by plating the game’s first two runs via a wild pitch that would allow Devin Elsenpeter to score and a Trey Robbins groundout to drive in Chris Naggles to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead going into inning two.

In the top half of the fourth inning; Perry would get on the scoreboard when Peyton Davis bunted and reached on an E5 which would ultimately allow Colter Ginn to score to trail 2-1 going into the last of the fourth. In the top half of inning five, Colter Ginn would hit a game-tying rbi single to drive in Nate Sullivan and Jackson Thompson would hit a go-ahead sac fly to drive in Kam Vandersee to give the Maroon, Gold, and White a 3-2 lead going into the last of the fifth.

The Panthers would hold down Whitewater the rest of the way to preserve the 3-2 victory to tie the series at 1 a piece. Colter Ginn and Jackson Thompson were responsible for both of Perry’s rbis while Trey Robbins was responsible for Whitewater’s lone rbi of the contest.

The Panthers’ SP Miles Jones pitched a complete game on the mound in Game Two and he surrendered two earned runs on four hits, walking three, and striking out nine in the process. The Wildcats’ two pitchers, Tanner Cochran and Hunter Gratzer combined to allow three earned runs on five hits, walking three, and striking out seven in the process.

The winner-take-all Game Three will be later this evening at 5:30pm and if Perry wins, they will be home against the two time defending AAAA State Champion North Oconee Titans and if Whitewater wins, they will play at North Oconee.

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