Panthers Varsity Baseball Falls to the SGP Warriors 2-3

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Panther Alan Bacerra takes a big swing in the first inning

Panther varsity baseball took on the South Grand Prairie Warriors on Wednesday night at Panther Field in district 5-5A play. Both teams came into the game 1-2 in district play. A total of six errors on the part of the Panthers hindered their comeback effort as the Panthers fell to the Warriors by a score of 2-3.

In the second inning Jamaine Parks was hit by the pitch to take first and stole second and was moved to third on a fielder’s choice hit by pitcher Tony Dominguez. Panther first baseman Garrett McBurnett hit a long fly ball over SGP right fielder Kelvin Brigham’s head to drive in Parks. The throw to third was in time, but was dropped by DJ Williams, with McBurnett sliding head first into third. Deonte Lusk came up with two outs and drove the ball deep down the left field line, scoring McBurnett from third for Duncanville to take a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the third SGP got on the board for three runs. Cleanup hitter Patrick Stratton drew a walk, and advance to second on a single by D.J. Williams. Ward Brooks hit a long fly to left field and Alan Becerra got a glove on it, but dropped to allow Stratton to score and Williams to move to third and Brooks on to second. Williams scored on a passed ball, and Brooks moved to third. Brooks scored on a deep drive to centerfield, where Lusk made a diving catch for the second out. The Panthers came up empty in the bottom of the fourth and SGP led 3-2.

Kyle Miller came on to relieve Dominguez in the top of the fifth inning for the Panthers.

Thanks to a couple of errors, the Panthers were able to get runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. Alan Bacerra hit a grounder to first base that was bobbled, and T.J. Giselbach hit a blooper to center that was misplayed and dropped to allow Bacerra to go to third. On a passed ball, Giselbach moved to second and when Zach Red walked the bases were loaded for Jamaine Parks. But, Giselbach was picked off by the pitcher Adam Atkins to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, a fielding miscue put the Warriors in position to score again. With Garrett Sayre taking first on a walk, Kelvin Brigham bunted and the Panthers failed to field the ball, allowing Brigham to go to first, and Sayre taking third on the play. DHS catcher Zach Red picked Brigham off on a steal attempt. Sayre broke for home on the play, but thanks to the quick tag of Brigham by Panther shortstop Gabe Gonzalez and the throw back to home, then to third, Sayre was picked off for the second out. Miller got SGP’s Jonathan Reyes looking for the third out.

The Panthers got two base runners on in the bottom of the seventh when Bacerra was hit by a pitch, and Red drew a base on balls. But, the runners were stranded on first and second.