Veterans got off to a 6-0 lead but then had to hold off a late charge from Perry to earn its first win of the year Friday on the road.
The Warhawks won 6-4 to improve to 1-2. The Panthers fell even at 1-1.
Veterans scored two of its runs in the first. Clifford Press started things off with a one-out single. (He was pretty much the offensive juggernaut – going 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.) Jackson Williams doubled to bring him home. He in turn stole third and was standing there when Matthew Nunez struck out and A.J. Simpson walked. An error on a pop fly enabled him to finally get in.
Perry coaxed a walk in its half of the inning but nothing more.
Blake Ethridge (0-1) walked to start the Warhawks’ second. He made it to third on Jacob Pierce’s single – Pierce was 2-5 with a run scored – and came in on a single by Pless.
The Panthers loaded the bases on a single and two errors with two outs but again couldn’t get anybody in their second. Perry, after a scoreless third by Veterans, also had one-out double by Jayden Chance (1-3) but left him at third.
Veterans made it 4-0 when Pless singled to start the fourth and Williams doubled to drive him in. Two outs later Mark Lauritsen drove in Williams with a single to make it 5-0.
The Warhawks’ final run came in the fifth on back-to-back singles by Pierce and Pless.
All of the Panthers’ runs came in the sixth.
Jackson Nipper (1-4) started the inning off with a single. Lane Rucker (1-4) also singled. A wild pitch moved them up a base where, following a strikeout, Wade Gordon (1-3) reached on an error – the same one that enabled Nipper to score.
A fielder’s choice put a second out on the board and put Tristan Freis on first. It also brought in Ethan Bearden, who came in to pinch run for Gordon.
Andrew Newhouse’s single – he was 1-4 – brought in two more to end the scoring on both sides, as both went in order in the seventh.
The runs were charged to Williams – only one earned. Cole Hooks started the game and earned the win. He went four innings, gave up three of Perry’s four hits while striking out four and walking one. Pierce struck out two in the aforementioned seventh.
Chance took the loss for the Panthers. He worked four and a third and gave up seven of Veterans’ 11 hits. He struck out nine and walked four.
Wade Gordon worked two and two-thirds. He struck out four and didn’t issue a free pass.
In other action, Houston County edged Grayson 4-3 despite out-hitting it 10-3. Still, the Bears only left five on base. Grayson stranded seven.
It scored its runs in the third, fifth and sixth. Houston County’s came in the third and fifth – two each. Jaden Woods, Cameron Jones and Corbet Luna, from the heart of the lineup, helped spark the offense. Woods was 3-4 with a run scored. Jones was 2-4 with three driven in and one scored and Luna was 1-2 with a walk.
Also, Dylan Tabor was 2-3 with a run scored.
Houston County used four pitchers in the effort; this is part of a three-game series taking place at Allatoona. (The Bears play Allatoona and Pace today, weather permitting.)
Woods worked three innings. He gave up a hit and a run while striking out four and walking four. Tabor threw two innings. He gave up two hits and a run while striking out one and walking one.
Jones and Trent Ringer each worked one. Ringer’s was perfect while Jones gave up a run without the aid of a hit while fanning two and giving up two free passes.