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If senior Daniel Gibbons wanted to make a splash in the first game of his senior year, he succeeded. Gibbons started the night on the mound and made quick work of the Cooper offense has he struck out the first two batters on six straight pitches. The third batter lined out on the third pitch he saw.
The Panthers wasted no time scoring either as they put six runs up in the first inning. Brandon Dusenberry started the scoring as he had an RBI single to center field, which scored Braydon Steed. Trey Scudder then scored on a throwing error to put North Lamar up 2-0.
The offense was great as they defeated the Bulldogs 17-0. However, the pitching is what needs to be highlighted. Gibbons and Dusenberry combined for a no-hitter on the night. The only batter that reached base for Cooper was because of a Gibbons walk. Not only did they pitch a no-hitter, though, they only allowed two batters to make contact. Out of the 15 batters faced, 13 went down because of strikeouts, including all six Dusenberry faced.
If Gibbons and Dusenberry weren’t enough to handle on the mound, they also took it to Cooper at the plate. Gibbons highlighted an 11 run fourth inning with a Grand Slam to deep right field. Dusenberry finished the night 3-3 with three RBI as well. Dylan Thomas also finished with three RBI for the Panthers.
The Panthers will be playing in a Celina tournament this weekened.
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra