NORFORK – The Panthers secured a .500 finish in the 1A-2 North with a 17-2, four-inning dismantling of the County Cougars on Thursday at Fireball Reynolds .
The Panthers had two big innings, including a five-run second and an eight-run fourth where nine consecutive batters reached safely.
— now 6-9 overall and 5-5 in league play — has just a home meeting with Cotter on Monday left on its schedule.
Wyatt Chapman earned the victory on the mound for, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and five walks over four innings. Michael took the loss for County, allowing 10 runs — just four earned — on just five hits.
Holding a 9-2 lead after three and a half innings, the Panthers made sure the run-rule would be applied with eight runs off just three hits in the bottom of the fourth.
Josephwalked, and Trey and Quinn Ellison each were hit by pitches, loading the bases with one out. Then came the errors.
Wyatt Chapman reached on a dropped fly ball, which scored, and Creed Chapman reached on an error at third base, which plated both and Ellison to make it 12-2.
After a walk to Brock, the Panthers started adding to their lead with hits. Austin doubled down the left-field line to score both , and scored on a passed ball to make it 15-2.
Grant Casey doubled down the left-field line to score, and after was bit by a pitch, E.J. Rogers singled home the game-ending run.
Creed Chapman went 2 for 4 and reached on two errors, while Casey was 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI to lead, which had eight hits in the contest.
Clay Mosley had both ofCounty’s hits on the day and added an RBI.
scored once in the first as Wyatt Chapman walked an scored on an error. The Panthers stretched their lead to 6-0 in the second.
Casey singled and scored a run, while, Rogers, Ellison and Wyatt Chapman all scored runs after reaching on free passes offered by . Creed Chapman added one of his two RBI in the second frame.
The Cougars scored both their runs in the top of the third.walked and scored on an error, while Mosley also drove in a run with a single.
put up three in the third to stretch its lead to 9-2. singled and scored a run, while Ellison and Wyatt Chapman also scored runs on errors.
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