VAN ALSTYNE — The Panthers held on for the 12-11 victory against Whitewright despite a seventh-inning scare in District 10-3A action on Friday, April 6.
Whitewright put pressure on Van Alstyne starter Samuel Tormos early in the first inning — the Tigers started the game off with a long double to center, followed up by a sharp RBI single just over Panther second baseman Chase Wilson’s reach for a 1-0 lead. Whitewright scored one more run in the first after a wild pitch.
Wilson kicked off the Panther response in the bottom of the first with a single into left and took second before Rhett Gallagher dropped an RBI single into right to put the Panthers on the board. Gallagher displayed some heads up base running, advancing to third on an error by the right fielder and a Jordan Velekei sacrifice fly brought Gallagher around and made it a 2-2 game.
Tormos settled down in second, putting away the Tigers hitters for a quiet top of the inning and picking up two strikeouts.
The Panthers took the lead in the second inning with some two out offense — Tyler Wilson reached on an error by the Whitewright first baseman, stole second and advanced to third after a groundout. Scott Taylor ripped an RBI single into left giving the Panthers the 3-2 lead. Tormos helped his cause with a RBI double making it 4-2.
In the fifth inning, the Panthers collected eight hits and five runs to give them a 9-2 lead.
Whitewright finally managed some offense in the top of the sixth, a single and a walk led things off for the Tigers, a long double to left brought the runs around making it a 9-4 game.
The Panthers seemed to close the game out in the bottom of the sixth — Gallagher laced a triple into center to start the inning, a single and an Whitewright error juiced the bases for the Panthers, Tyler Wilson sent a bullet into center for a bases clearing triple, making it a 12-4 game.
The Tigers weren’t going quietly in the seventh inning — three errors and four walks plagued the Panthers. Whitewright only had one hit in the inning yet scored seven runs to make it a one-run game before the Panthers got the game-saving groundout to end the inning with a runner on third.
Tormos had a solid outing on the mound going five innings only giving up 2 earned runs and picking up 9 strikeouts.
Tormos also went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Gallagher went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Chase Wilson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Tyler Wilson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Panthers will be back on the diamond against Farmersville on Tuesday, April 10.