Whitewright 4, Van Alstyne 2
After committing just one error in their last three ballgames, the Panther defense came unglued in a 4-2 loss in Whitewright on April 7.
A pitchers duel between the Tigers’ Payton Jones and freshman Sam Tormos for Van Alstyne was spoiled as the Panthers committed five errors in the contest.
Tormos scattered four hits and just one of the Tigers’ runs was earned.
The loss drops the Panthers’ record to 5-3 in District 10-3A play, two games behind Farmersville, which visits Forrest Moore Park on April 11.
Van Alstyne mustered just two hits against Jones, and the first was a leadoff single in the opening frame by junior Chase Wilson who doubled to left.
Sophomore Rhett Gallagher grounded out to the right side, advancing Wilson to third with just one out.
Jones shut the door on that threat, getting a pair of fly ball outs to end the inning.
The Panthers did get the scoreboard numbers turning in the second as junior Hunter Hutchison reached on a Whitewright error. He advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, scoring on the second miscue.
Tormos walked, swiped second, and advanced to third on the wild pitch that scored Hutchison. He scored as junior Zach Wright put down a bunt on the right side.
The Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out rally.
Back-to-back singles, the first by Devin Carraway,set the table and after a walk to load the bases, Carraway stole home to get the Tigers on the board.
Hutchison reached on a fielder’s choice in the Van Alstyne third inning and advanced to third, but was left 90 feet away as Jones fanned a pair.
Whitewright tied the contest in the fourth as Neal Taylor singled to open the inning.
A balk moved Taylor to second and he scored on a Van Alstyne miscue to deadlock the game, 2-2.
Van Alstyne errors accounted for the deciding runs as the Tigers added a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to take the win.
Kendall Shaw reached on an error in the fifth and eventually scored on another Panther miscue.
Taylor got his second hit of the game for the Tigers in the sixth, advanced to second after a hit batter, and scored on the fifth Van Alstyne error of the ballgame.
A Tormos single in the sixth and Chase Wilson reaching after being plunked in the seventh were the only two Panther base runners in the final two frames.
After the pivotal game against Farmersville, Van Alstyne will travel five miles north on Highway 5 for the second game of the season against the Howe Bulldogs.