The Panthers offense too much for Liberty Eylau in 14-0 rout

Brandon Dusenberry

Brandon Dusenberry

The Panthers shut the door early on Liberty Eylau , capturing a 14-0 victory on Tuesday.

With eight runs in the first three innings, the Panthers left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

A two-run single by Brandon Dusenberry in the first inning and a wild pitch, a fielder’s choice, and a sacrifice fly by Hunter Reeves during the second inning supplied the early offense for the Panthers.

Jacob Cowling racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Panthers. He singled in the third and fourth innings.

Brandon shut down Liberty Eylau while he was on the hill. Liberty Eylau managed just one hit off of Dusenberry, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out eight during his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The Panthers piled on three more runs in the top of the third. A bases loaded walk scored Jacob to get the Panthers on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Daniel Gibbons‘ single, bringing home Chad Box.

The Panthers tacked on another four runs in the fifth. The inning looked promising, as Kyle Dunmon singled, plating Evan Nibblet to kick things off.

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North Lamar Pantherette Varsity drubs Liberty-Eylau, 13-3

The North Lamar softball team listening to head coach Jimmy Fendley after a win over Paris High.

The North Lamar softball team listening to head coach Jimmy Fendley after a win over Paris High.

Liberty-Eylau didn’t stand a chance on Tuesday, as the North Lamar Pantherettes captured a blowout 13-3 win in six innings.

North Lamar Pantherette Varsity scored six runs in the third on a three-run home run by Bailey Jones, a sacrifice fly by Balee Brown, and a two-run triple by Delaney England.

Kayla Igleheart racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Pantherette. She singled in the second and third innings and doubled in the sixth inning.

Madison Morrison got the win for North Lamar. She allowed three runs over four innings. Madison struck out two, walked none and gave up seven hits.

The top of the second saw North Lamar Pantherette Varsity take an early lead, 2-0. Kayla started the rally for North Lamar with a single. Lauren Coursey singled, plating Sarah Penrose. North Lamar pushed more runs across when Igleheart scored because Balee was hit by a pitch.

It didn’t take long for Liberty-Eylau to respond as it scored two runs of its own in the second. Liberty-Eylau scored on an error and an error.

North Lamar added five more runs in the top of the sixth. Bailee Nickerson kicked things off with a double, scoring Delaney. That was followed up by Kayla’s double, bringing home Bailey and Erin Scholl.

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Napier Chills Region Golf Medalists

Tanner-Napier-Summer-2012Many of the state’s top high school golfers ran into unseasonably cold weather conditions during Monday’s opening round of the Region 2-3A Championships at Pottsboro’s Tanglewood Resort.  During Tuesday’s final round, it was the icy determination of Paris senior Tanner Napier that chilled the medalist competition.

Napier, the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 3A golfer, defended his regional title by firing a 4-under par 68 to finish at an even par 144 for the 2-day event.  He was the only golfer to break par during Round 2 as he won by 5 strokes over runnersup Drew Jones of Decatur and Bill Ramage of Irving North Hills.

He now advances to the ultimate prize: the Class 3A State Championships, April 28-29, at Bastrop’s Hyatt Lost Pines Golf Resort.  Napier finished second at state as a junior.

Napier opened the tournament with a 4-over 76 on Monday as a cold front and gusty winds ruled Round 1.  Tommy Parker of Argyle shot an opening 75 to grab a 1-stroke lead over a trio of golfers: Napier, Ramage and Jesse Campbell of Kaufman.

Under more ideal conditions Tuesday, Parker ballooned to an 80 to finish in a tie for sixth with teammate Nick Louy at 155.

Argyle held off Pleasant Grove for the team title, 626-628.  North Lamar finished third at 649 to earn a trip to state.

Paris’ girls team finished in 10th place with a tw0-day total of 866. Melissa won the team chase with a 712 total, while Atlanta was second at 755.  Junior Alli Ruthart fired a finishing 91 Tuesday to move into a 3-way tie for 12th in medalist play.

The results:

  • Boys Medalist: 1. Tanner Napier (Paris) 68-144; 2. (tie) Drew Jones (Decatur) 72-149 and Bill Ramage (North Hills) 73-149; 4. (tie) Braden Young (Pleasant Grove) 76-154 and Daniel Durham (North Lamar) 74-154; 6. Nick Louy (Argyle) 77-155 and Tommy Parker (Argyle) 80-155; 8. Jared Braydon (Brownsboro) 78-156; 9. (tie) Jon Beck (Pleasant Grove) 76-167 and Alex Isakson (Argyle) 75-157
  • Boys Team:  1. Argyle 315-626; 2. Pleasant Grove 307-628; 3. North Lamar 311-649; 4. Kaufman 335-668; 5. (tie) Canton 337-684 and Decatur 336-684
  • Girls Medalist: 1. Brooke Nolte (Melissa) 77-157; 2. Lexi Read (Bridgeport) 79-163; 3. Gabby Thompson (Atlanta) 86-166; 4. Brooke Irion (Bridgeport) 82-168; 5. Katlyn Watkins (Melissa) 87-170
  • Girls Team: 1. Melissa 353-712; 2. Atlanta 382-755; 3. Carrollton Ranchview 398-796; 4. Bridgeport 391-799; 5. Mabank 399-821; 6. Frisco Lone Star 395-833; 7. Crandall 391-835; 8. Longview Spring Hill 418-847; 9. Mineola 407-857; 10. Paris 425-866
  • Other Paris Girls Scores: Macy Chapman 104-217; Danielle Callaway 111-218; Mary Cobb 119-240; Julianna Clipson 126-254

Cats Drop Another 1-Run District Decision

IMG_6402The Paris Wildcats suffered their third one-run loss in district play Tuesday night when a combination of walks, lack of clutch hitting, and base-running gaffes spelled doom in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburg Pirates on Senior Night at Hub Hollis Field.

District co-leaders Pleasant Grove and North Lamar remain atop district standings with 5-2 marks following shutouts Tuesday.  PG beat Atlanta, 2-0, and NL blitzed Liberty-Eylau, 14-0.  There’s now a 3-way tie for third at 3-4 among Paris, Atlanta, and Pittsburg, but the Pirates own any head-to-head tiebreaker over Paris for playoff positioning due to their sweep of this season’s district series.

The Cats travel to Texarkana Friday to face PG, host the Panthers Tuesday in the home finale at Hub Hollis, then return to Texarkana on April 25 to close the regular season at L-E (2-5).

Paris out-hit the Pirates, 7-5, and Pitt committed 4 errors compared to 1 for the Cats, but a rough start put the Cats in a 3-0 hole.  Freshman Phillip Sikes walked the bases loaded in the first inning, then surrendered a 2-out, bases-clearing double on a full count with the runners moving.

The Cats scored their first run in the bottom of the first when Jake Clark was picked off first only to motor home on an errant throw in the run-down.

The lone official Paris error along with a mental error when a popup was allowed to drop in the outfield and a balk helped Pitt extend the lead to 5-1 in the third inning.

The Cats closed within 5-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth.  Sikes drove in a run with a double down the third-base line, and Clark had a gift RBI on a fly ball that landed among 4 Pirate fielders in short leftfield.

They added another run in a seventh-inning rally that began with another Pitt error.  Jonathan Nichols drove in the run on a single past third base to cut the gap to 5-4, but, fittingly, the game ended when a pinch runner was picked off second base.

Paris, now 13-10-1 overall, was led in hitting by Helberg and Nichols with a pair of singles each.  Sikes (2-3) pitched the first 4 innings and allowed 4 hits with 4 walks while striking out six.  Helberg pitched the final 3 innings in relief and shut down the Pirates on 1 hit, 2 walks with a strikeout.

Pittsburg starter Garrett Truitt was relieved in the seventh inning by Brandon Colbert.

The Panthers take out Pittsburg with help from Hunter Reeves, 4-1

Daniel Gibbons pitching against the Pittsburg Pirates.

Daniel Gibbons pitching against the Pittsburg Pirates.

Hunter Reeves had two extra base hits, helping the Panthers to a 4-1 victory over Pittsburg on Friday.

He tripled in the fourth inning and homered in the seventh inning.

Daniel Gibbons handled Pittsburg ‘s lineup with ease, racking up 10 strikeouts. Daniel allowed no earned runs on four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings.

The Panthers were sparked by Hunter and Trey Scudder, who teamed up for four hits and five RBIs.

In the second inning, Pittsburg pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Kason Newman.

The Panthers never trailed after scoring three runs in the fourth on a three-run triple by Hunter.

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