Ponies Spend Spring Break Playing Ball
Panola College baseball had a busy Spring Break playing 6 games in 7 days. The Ponies went 4-2 over the week dropping two close games in which Panola had the lead late. The Ponies are now 21-4 on the year and sit in second in conference play at 7-2. Big week ahead as Panola takes on LSUA Monday night at 6pm (at home) and a 3 game series with conference leading Navarro (Thursday-home, Saturday-away).
Northeast took game two of the three game set due to some defensive miscues late by Panola. The Ponies rallied back to take game 3 by a score of 6-4. This moved their overall record to 18-3 and 5-1 in conference play.
On Monday the Panola Baseball team traveled to Centenary to play them in a midweek matchup. Panola dominated from the start of the game. Sophomore Blaine Parker (Hallsville, TX) got the start and went a solid 3 innings. He passed it off to Nick Sewell (Dallas, TX) for 2 innings, John Dominguez (Leander, TX) for 1, Bryce Toney (Cypress, TX) for 2, and Michael Soisson (Jasper, TX) closed out the final inning. The pitching staff held Centenary to 1 earned run on the day. The offense was led by freshman Mateo Beltran (Lafayette, LA) and Ryan Snell (Hardin, TX). Beltran had 3 hits-2runs-2rbi-1walk while Snell added 2hits-2rbi-1walk-1run. Panola won the matchup 10-3 and moved to 19-3 on the year.
Thursday’s matchup at Angelina was dominated by the Ponies. Every hitter in the lineup posted a hit and 7 of 9 had multiple hits. Joe Stevens (Gonzales, LA) had 3 hits and RBI and Kade Clemens (Gilmer, TX) had 2 hits and 2 RBI with one of the hits being a line drive homerun to right (his 5th). Sophomores Jarret Whorff (Winnsboro, TX) and Garret Hermes (Rowlett, TX) combined for 8 innings giving up only 3 earned runs. Panola won the shortened game due to mercy rule 11-3 in 8 innings. 20-3 on the season for the Ponies and 6-1 in conference play.
Saturday Game 1-
Panola Jumped out to an early lead over Angelina, but it proved to not be enough. The ponies gave up 5 unearned runs and gave up a 3 run homerun in the top of the 7th to go down by 1 run. In the bottom of the 7th Austin Bost (Groves, TX) gave one a ride deep to right but his walk-off attempt was robbed and the Ponies fell 8-7 in game 1.
Saturday Game 2-
Chad Dallas (Orange, TX) was the story of game 2. He went a complete game (mercy rule shortened) 7innings-1hit-0run-0walks-10strikeouts. He faced the minimum amount of hitters by picking off the only roadrunner to reach base. Dallas took a perfect game into the 6th but gave up a jam shot single that was just out of reach for the diving Cam Sibley at shortstop. Austin Bost and Kade Clemens each went big fly for the home team and the runs were more than enough. Panola wins the series and takes game 3 by a score of 8-0.