BRANDON – Petal went with a backup game plan.
And with the help of some offense it worked.
Behind catcher Thad Roberts’ hitting, Petal knocked off sixth-ranked Brandon 14-4 in a crucial Region 5-6A matchup.
Roberts, who bats eighth in the Petal lineup, went 3 for 4 with three singles. His 2-run single in the top of the sixth gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead.
Petal (13-7, 4-3 Region 5-6A) did all the damage in the sixth and seventh innings. The Panthers batted around in both innings sending 10 batters in the sixth and seventh.
Dandy Dozen Demarcus Evans, a Hinds CC signee, tossed three innings in relief, giving up two hits, one earned run and struck out seven in his first relief appearance of the season to pick up the win and improve to 3-3 on the mound.
Starter Anthony Williams lasted four innings and gave up six hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts. Williams is normally a reliever.
“We thought if we could get three innings out of Anthony we would be fine,” said Petal coach Larry Watkins. “We took advantage of some opportunities in the two big innings and that really helped us.”
Zach Giacona had three hits for Petal, while Peyton Swilley and Tristan Labove added two hits each for the Panthers.
Hunter Wilson had two hits to lead Brandon, including a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Bulldogs (16-4, 4-3) a 2-0 lead.
Zach Taylor (5-1) took the loss on the mound for Brandon.
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