Panthers’ early lead disappears

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Portland High freshman shortstop Brandon Tucker receives a throw as Mt. Juliet junior Aaron Brown steals second base during first-inning action.

Portland High freshman shortstop Brandon Tucker receives a throw as Mt. Juliet junior Aaron Brown steals second base during first-inning action.

MT. JULIET Portland High’s baseball team had a promising start, but the Panther bats fell silent after the first two innings in a 13-3, six-inning loss at Mt. Juliet in the opening game of the District 9-AAA Tournament on Friday evening.

Portland struck early with a pair of first-inning runs as senior Hunter Read delivered a two-run single, driving in seniors Austin Graves and Nick Lingo.

“We were ready to go,” Portland head coach Jimmy Parker said. “Our guys prepared themselves, and they were confident. We worked on some things the last few days in practice. We had a plan, and it worked for a little while.”

Portland High senior catcher Kemper Dixon attempts to throw out a runner from his knees during first-inning action.

Portland High senior catcher Kemper Dixon attempts to throw out a runner from his knees during first-inning action.

Senior Kemper Dixon doubled in sophomore Logan Wilson in the second inning as the Panthers (8-17) built a 3-1 lead.

However, the Golden Bears (23-10) took a 4-3 lead by scoring three runs in the third inning off of Panther starting pitcher Austin Frye, and they added nine more runs over the final three innings to invoke the 10-run, mercy rule.

Portland High freshman Brandon Tucker congratulates senior Nick Lingo after Lingo scored during the first inning of Friday evening’s 13-3, six-inning loss at Mt. Juliet.

Portland High freshman Brandon Tucker congratulates senior Nick Lingo after Lingo scored during the first inning of Friday evening’s 13-3, six-inning loss at Mt. Juliet.

Reach Chris Brooks at cbrooks@tennessean.com or at 615-575-7118. Follow him on Twitter @CB_SumnerSports.

Portland 210 000 – 3 4 2

Mt. Juliet             103 342 – 13 11 1

Austin Frye, Nick Lingo (3), Austin Gregory (4) and Kemper Dixon; Jacob Cole and Brayden Osborne. WP – Cole. LP – Frye (1-2). Records: Portland 8-17, Mt. Juliet 23-10.

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