The North Hopkins Panthers’ baseball team won the deciding third game of their bi-district series with Detroit, 16-0 Saturday at Lufkin Hudson to take the series, two games to one. Panther pitcher Chase Williams worked five innings and threw a two-hit shutout.
The Panthers blew open a close 4-0 game with a 12 run fourth inning. Wyatt Wharton was 2 for 3 with two runs, four RBIs, a walk and a double. Brycen Gillespie was 2 for 3 with a run, three RBIs, a double and a stolen base. Colby Cameron was was 1 for 2 with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. Caleb Wyatt was 1 for 3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk. Victor Rojo was 2 for 3 with a run, an RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. Williams scored two runs, had an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Branson Thomas scored a run and had a walk and a stolen base. Geoffrey Stewart was 1 for 2 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and a double. Jesse Rivera scored three runs, had three walks and a stolen base.
The third game was necessary after Detroit won game 2, 6-5. Detroit scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to move ahead, 6-5 North Hopkins was held to just six hits. Williams took the pitching loss giving up four hits and two runs in the sixth inning. Caleb Wyatt worked the first five innings allowing nine hits and four runs with only three of them earned. Williams was 2-3 with two runs, a walk, a double and a stolen base. Rojo was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk. Gillespie was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and two walks. Thomas was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Stewart was 1 for 4. Rivera scored a run.
The Panthers now face Union Grove in Area round action.