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Panthers baseball knocks off Shelby County

Cody Thompson slides in safe after stealing second in a contest against Shelby County March 3.

Cody Thompson slides in safe after stealing second in a contest against Shelby County March 3.

By BRANDON SUMRALL/Special to The Advertiser

Four second-inning errors by the visiting Shelby County Wildcats resulted in four Panther runs in a 8-2 Jemison win on Tuesday night.

After two early Panther errors to start the game, a two-out ground ball back to Panthers pitcher Phillip Lenoir allowed Jemison to escape with no damage done. The Panthers went quietly through the bottom half of the inning, as the first inning came to a close with no score.

With the Wildcats going in order in the top half of the second inning, Jemison picked up four runs in the home half of the inning.

Wesley Martin started the inning by reaching on a walk, and a infield error allowed Trae Sanders to reach safely.

A line drive back up the middle from Mathew Ramsey scored Martin, while Phillip Lenoir reached safely on a wild throw by the Wildcats’ shortstop.

The throw also allowed Sanders and Ramsey to score.

With Tremon Bryant running for Lenoir, a Logan Ray double to left center field scored Bryant to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead after two.

Kyle Cofer started the top of the third off with a single up the middle to give the Wildcats a base runner, and one pitch later Adam Landefield drove in Cofer and himself with a shot over the left field wall as the Wildcats cut the Panthers’ lead to two, 4-2. 

The Panthers then stranded Cody Thompson on third after a lead off walk.

Despite a lead off single from Nicholas Lowery to start the fourth inning for the Wildcats, two strikeouts by Phillip Lenoir and a fly ball out to right spelled the end of the scoring threat for Shelby County. 

The Panthers added one more in the home half of the inning when Ramsey was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Phillip Lenoir.

After four innings, the Panthers led, 5-2.

With the Wildcats recording no score in the top half of the fifth inning, the Panthers picked up two more in the bottom half. 

Thompson and Martin got things started with back-to-back singles while a Sanders sacrifice fly to left scored Thompson and a Lenoir double to left center scored Martin to extend the Jemison lead to 7-2.

A two-out single by Nicholas Lowery did little for the Wildcats in the top half of the sixth inning, but a Logan Ray triple to right field led to a Martin RBI single that pushed the Panthers lead to 8-2 heading to the final inning.

With Banks Woodley coming in to close for the Panthers, the Wildcats went down in order in the top of the seventh inning to give the Panthers the win.

Ray led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and an RBI. Phillip Lenoir pitched four innings for the Panthers, while recording five strikeouts and allowing two hits, a walk and two earned runs.

Landefield lead the Wildcats, going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Cody Jones pitched four innings while allowing two earned runs and recording three strikeouts, four walks and three hits.