PETAL – Petal made the most of just four singles, as the Panthers defeated Oak Grove 10-0 Wednesday afternoon at Panther Field.
The game was postponed from Tuesday, and was originally scheduled for Thursday, but the schools decided Wednesday morning to take advantage of a break in the bad weather and try to get the game in Wednesday afternoon.
Petal (16-7 overall) finished Region 5-6A play as the outright No. 2 seed for the Class 6A playoffs at 6-3 in region. The Panthers had already clinched the second seed by virtue of taking two of three games from Brandon earlier this season.
Oak Grove (17-7 overall) finished 7-2 in the region and earned the region’s top seed plus the first-round bye that goes with it.
The Warriors certainly didn’t bring their A-game against Petal, as they committed three errors, issued eight walks and hit six Panther batters.
The Panthers broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on a single by Jacob Hall, a hit batter and a two-base, two-run error on a sacrifice by Blake Newsome. Ty Barnes also had an RBI single in the inning.
Petal scored two more runs in the fourth on just one single, plus a hit batter and walk, both with the bases loaded.
The Panthers finished things early with a five-run outburst in the fifth, with just one hit in the inning.
Anthony Williams (1-1) pitched four innings for the win. He scattered six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. Demarcus Evans pitched a 1-2-3 fifth. Kris Smith (2-3), the first of six pitchers for Oak Grove, took the loss.