North Hopkins Downs Como-Pickton to Win District Baseball Title
The North Hopkins Panthers won the third and deciding series game over Como-Pickton Monday night (April 29) at Wildcat Park to take the district championship. The Panthers got off to a good start scoring single runs in the first three innings to go ahead 3-0. The Eagles scored a run in the fourth but the Panthers got three of their own to go up 6-1. Como-Pickton fought back to within 6-3 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. North Hopkins added three more runs in the sixth to go up 9-3. The Eagles scored one more in the seventh but could do no more. North Hopkins outhit the Eagles nine to six. Como-Pickton committed four errors and the Panthers two. Caleb Wyatt got the pitching win for the Panthers working six innings and allowing only 2 earned runs and six hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks. Geoffrey Stewart pitched the last inning striking out two and walking one. Blaine Flemens took the pitching loss for the Eagles going six innings allowing six earned runs and nine hits with two strikeouts and three walks. For North Hopkins, Brycen Gillespie scored a run, hit a double and drove in three runs. Colby Cameron was 2 for 4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Wyatt was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Branson Thomas was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Stewart had a hit. Victor Rojo had a hit and an RBI. Easton Lewis scored two runs and Wyatt Wharton, Jessie Rivera and Kevin Clement scored one run each. Six different Eagles got hits: Caemon Wilburn hit a double and Andrew Rasgado, Jackson Monk, Kris Mayfield, Blaine Flemens and Dylan Wiggins had singles. Rasgado, Wilburn, Wiggins and Micah Flemens all had RBI’s. Panthers Coach Tim Henderson said the Panthers would play Rivercrest in a bi-district playoff series. Game one is at Chisum Friday at 2 p.m. Game two will follow right after game one. Game three, if necessary, will be at Bells Saturday at 3 p.m.