North Hopkins pitcher Wyatt Wharton tossed a no-hitter and the Panthers scored eight late runs to defeat Excell, 10-1 Friday (April 12) at North Hopkins. Wharton got the pitching win going seven innings allowing no hits and just one run while striking out 16 and walking five. The Panthers got 11 hits and committed no errors.
The Panthers went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first on a Caleb Wyatt sacrifice fly. Wyatt was 1 for 2 with a run scored and three RBIs.
After the Lions tied the score with a run in the top of the second, the Panthers got a second run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Colby Cameron. Cameron was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The game remained at 2-1 until the Panthers broke loose for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 7-1. The Panthers got RBIs from Branson Thomas, Cameron, Wyatt and Wharton. Thomas hit a home run in the inning and was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Wharton was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
The Panthers scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead 10-1. Brycen Gillespie was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Kevin Clement was 1 for 4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Jessie Rivera was 1 for 4 with a run scored.