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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.
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.