North Lamar drops first game in playoff series with Argyle
For the first time during the 2014 playoffs, the North Lamar Panthers find themselves in a 0-1 hole going into game 2. For only the second time in 10 tries, the Panthers find themselves coming off a loss in the postseason. This loss, however, didn’t come in extra innings like the first one. Unfortunately for the Panthers this game ended in the fifth inning as Argyle run-ruled the Panthers after a 15-3 victory.
Things looked promising for the Panthers as they once again scored in the first inning of a playoff game. With the one run scored against Argyle lefty Parker Mushinksi, North Lamar has now scored in the first inning in eight of the 10 games they’ve played during the playoffs. This run scored because of a walk, single and an error on the catcher.
The 1-0 lead was short lived though as Argyle scored three in the bottom of the inning. From the first pitch, Panther senior Daniel Gibbons appeared to be struggling with his command. Gibbons only lasted two innings for North Lamar as he walked seven batters and gave up nine runs on five hits.
The big blow came in the second inning. With North Lamar trailing 3-2, Argyle hit a pair of three-run homers to blow the game wide open. Argyle would add six more runs in third inning off Ty Jones. Hunter Reeves would finish the game on the mound for North Lamar, recording the final four outs of the game without allowing a run.
“I was excited I got to go in [to pitch],” Reeves said after the game. “It’s been a while.”
Reeves also led the team at the plate as he had two of the three Panther, including a double in the fifth inning. North Lamar will try to bounce back from this loss as they host Argyle on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Brandon Dusenberry should get the start for North Lamar and will try to put the team back on track.
“We’re going to come back tomorrow night and be ready to play baseball,” Panther coach Scott Igleheart said after the game.
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra