VAN ALSTYNE — The Panthers found success in their three games of play in the Van Alstyne tournament that ended on Saturday, March 3.
Van Alstyne kicked things off with a 15-3 victory over Pottsboro on Thursday, March 1.
The Panthers came out hot in the first inning, scoring three runs and holding Pottsboro scoreless. It wasn’t until the third inning that the Panthers really broke out, scoring eight runs off five hits that allowed the Panthers pitching a cushion with a dominant lead to back them up.
The Panthers went on to score in almost every inning, only being blanked in the sixth inning, while Van Alstyne pitching also racked up 10 strikeouts in the game.
Van Alstyne played Gainesville next and bested the Leopards, 10-1, in their match-up. The Panthers started the game off with a huge six-run first inning, putting them comfortably in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game.
Hunter Hutchison blanked Gainesville until the third inning that saw the Leopards score their first and only run of the game. Hutchison and Chandler David combined to finish with 13 strikeouts with one earned run off three hits.
Tyler Wilson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored, Rhett Gallagher was 2-for-3 and scored, Zane Madison doubled and drove in two runs and Chase Wilson singled, drove in a run and scored three times.
Van Alstyne then suffered a 9-3 loss against Caddo Mills. managing just three hits — a double by Tyler Wilson, who drove in a run, and singles from Chandler David and Chase Wilson. Gallagher walked twice and scored.
Caddo Mills had a 4-0 lead going to the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers got on the board with a run but the Foxes responded with a four-run fifth inning.
In their final outing of the tournament, Van Alstyne had a re-match against Pottsboro and the Panthers came away with a similar outcome in a 15-5 victory.
Chase Wilson led the way by going 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI, Nathan Cuthbertson was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and scored twice, Samuel Tormos was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, drove in a run and scored three times, Tyler Wilson was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored twice, Jesse Love doubled and scored and Jordan Velekei was 2-for-2.
Bryce Brakebill is an independent correspondent who contributes to the Van Alstyne Leader sports section.