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Panthers run-rule Dublin Lions 14-4

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BOB WEATHERFORD

The Ellis County Press

MAYPEARL – The Maypearl Panthers and the Dublin Lions baseball teams dueled Friday, April 11, at Maypearl Sports Park.

It was a close game for a while, but at the end of three innings, the teams were deadlocked 3-3. Dublin took a one-run lead 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, but the lights were turned out for the Lions.

The Panthers scored three runs in the fifth inning and seven in the six to run rule the Lions 14-4.

Wes Arrington pitched for Maypearl for five full innings and got the win. He scattered seven hits and struck out six Lions. Simeon Beam came in to pitch the sixth and final inning. He struck out all three batters he faced. The Panthers held off Dublin in the first inning with one out and a Lion scored off an error. Panther catcher Dan Antwine threw him out at second base when he tried tos teal.

The next Lion hit a harmless double and was left on base when Brandon Sword caught a fly ball in center field.

The Panthers were out on three ground balls in the first. Arrington struck out three Lions in the second. Seeing all curve balls, the Panthers grounded out twice and grounded out in the bottom of the second and the game went to the third inning tied 0-0.

Dublin got the first score with one run in the top of the third. Maypearl tied the score 1-1in the bottom half of the game. Logan Bell drew a walk and scored later to the game going to the fourth inning. Then, Dublin got a run with two outs from a single Panther error and a double to lead 2-1. The lead was short-lived.

Michael Bosch led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to right field. Beam singled to left. Antwine hit a two-RBI triple. Garret Mathers hit an RBI single and Maypearl led 4-2. Logan Bell also got a hit in the inning.

Dublin bounced right back in the top of the fifth.

They got two runs from a single, a triple and a sacrifice fly to the tie the game 4-4 going to the bottom of the fifth. Panther Andy Pipes led off with a single. With one out Beam was safe on an error. Antwine smacked a two-RBI double and Mathers belted an RBI-single, increasing Maypearl’s lead 7-4 after five innings. Taylor Beck also had a Panther hit in the inning.

Now Beam came to pitch in relief. He struck out three batters on 11 pitches and Panther power was coming to the plate. Matt Antwine went to second base on an error, Jonathan Yeager walked and Beam went to third base on an error. Dan Antwine hit a single and Cole Naylon came in to run. Beck hit a single with two outs.

The curve ball was no longer a mystery. Three doubles in a row by Bell, Sword and Matt Antwine brought the game to an end.


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