North Lamar can’t hold lead as they fall to crosstown rival Paris High

Brandon Dusenberry pitching against Paris High

Brandon Dusenberry pitching against Paris High

Twenty-four hours after the Pleasant Grove Hawks lost to the Pittsburg Pirates, North Lamar looked to seize control of the District as they played crosstown rival Paris High at Hub Hollis Field. North Lamar jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on as the Wildcats defeated the Panthers by a score of 5-3.

North Lamar scored two runs in the first inning on three hits. The big hit coming off the bat of starting pitcher Brandon Dusenberry, who doubled scoring Hunter Reeves. Daniel Gibbons had already crossed the plate for the Panthers in the inning.

The Wildcats got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first after a Drew Helberg double scored Conor Henry. The game would remain that way until the fourth inning. Paris would take the lead after loading up the bases. Phillip Sikes, who finished the game 3-4, drove in the tying run on an infield single. Dusenberry then walked Henry to score the go-ahead run.

Jake Clark with a pick-off attempt at first base against North Lamar.

Jake Clark with a pick-off attempt at first base against North Lamar.

Paris would score another run in the fifth inning as a bunt single followed by a throwing error put Jordan Williams on third base. Williams would score on a single by Helberg to put the Wildcats up 4-2.

Aaron Edwards scored on a double steal attempt to make the score 4-3 Paris High, but the Wildcats tacked on one more run in the sixth inning on a Williams’ sacrifice fly. Both pitchers went the distance. Dusenberry finished with six innings pitched, allowing five runs but only one was earned. He did have five walks and four strike outs.

Jake Clark started the game for the Wildcats and went seven innings. He allowed three run, two of which were earned. He didn’t walk a batter and had three strikeouts. North Lamar finished with four errors while the Wildcats had three in the game.

If the Panthers win on Friday against Pleasant Grove, North Lamar will claim the district title as both teams are tied at 6-3. With the win on Wednesday, Paris still has a chance to make the playoffs in District 13-3A. Both Paris and Atlanta are tied at 5-4. If Paris beats L.E. and Atlanta loses to Pittsburg, Paris would claim the No. 4 spot and make the playoffs. If Atlanta wins and Paris loses, Paris will be out of the playoffs. If both teams win, there will be a three-way tie between Paris, Pittsburg and Atlanta for the final two playoff spots.

Atlanta’s seventh inning charge helps upend North Lamar Pantherette Varsity, 4-3

Lauren Coursey

Lauren Coursey

A tight game was decided in the seventh inning as the North Lamar Pantherettes fell to Atlanta 4-3 in seven innings on Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant.

Lauren Coursey did her part to help the Pantherettes try and defeat Atlanta. However, her efforts weren’t enough as Atlanta scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. North Lamar, once again, had trouble with errors as they committed four of them in the game. Only one of Atlanta’s errors was unearned.

Trailing by one in the sixth inning, Coursey hit a two-run homer to put North Lamar up by one. North Lamar would tack on another run in the seventh inning on a Coursey sacrifice fly that scored Tanna Huie. Maddison Morrison got the start at pitcher for Coach Fendley’s team.

With the loss, Atlanta takes the top seed in District 13-3A, while North Lamar takes the second seed. North Lamar will face Kaufman in the first round of the playoffs. Game one will be played Thursday at North Lamar at 7:00. Same two will be played in Kaufman Saturday at 1:00. If game three is necessary, they will play 30 minutes after game two ends on Saturday.

 

North Lamar’s Waters Joins EOSC’s First Soccer Team

Preston Waters, seated center, signs to play soccer at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Preston Waters, seated center, signs to play soccer at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Paris, TX –North Lamar High School senior, Preston Waters, signed the dotted line to join the Mountaineer soccer team at Eastern Oklahoma State College in its inaugural season beginning the fall of 2014.  EOSC, located in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Seated with him are his parents David and Kelly. Showing their support, in back from left, are Sue Foyil, grandmother, EOSC Head Soccer Coach Irving Peralta, NLISD Superintendent James A. Dawson, NL Head Soccer Coach Lance Johnson, and Jena Rogers, grandmother.

Panthers defeat Atlanta in pitching duel to remain atop the District

Daniel Gibbons

Daniel Gibbons

If you’re a fan of pitching, then you enjoyed Friday’s game against the North Lamar Panthers and the Atlanta Rabbits. Daniel Gibbons pitched a four-hit shutout as the Panthers defeated Atlanta 1-0 to remain tied at the top of district 13-3A.

Daniel went the distance, allowing four hits, and striking out 10 in the process.The only run of the game came in the fourth inning as Brandon Dusenberry drove in Aaron Edwards. That one run was all Gibbons needed as he mowed through the lineup.

With the win, North Lamar remains tied with Pleasant Grove at 6-2. North Lamar will finish district play this week as they travel to Paris on Tuesday and then host Pleasant Grove on Friday night.

North Lamar Pantherettes lose final district game of season

Lauren Coursey

Lauren Coursey

The North Lamar Pantherettes had trouble all night with the rise-ball that Atlanta pitcher Alaina Oliver pitched. North Lamar only managed four hits as they fell 7-2 on Senior Night.

They only runs North Lamar could manage was a Tanna Huie two-run homer over the left filed fence in the fifth inning. Despite giving up seven runs, the Pantherette pitching was good. Freshman Madison Morrison pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out one. Only one of the three runs, however, were earned as North Lamar finished the game with four errors.

Lauren Coursey came in and pitched 2.1 innings. Coursey allowed four runs to score but only one was earned due to the Pantherette errors. With the loss, North Lamar finished tied with Atlanta at the top of District with a 8-2 record. The two teams will meet Monday night in Mt. Pleasant to determine who gets the top seed in the playoffs. The game is set for 6:00 p.m.