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-