Panthers prowl to pair of 1-0 wins in district play against Spring Hill, Kilgore

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Bullard Panthers 1,

Spring Hill Panthers 0, FINAL/9

SHS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

BHS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team continued its prowl through District 15-4A play last week, as the team returned home to host a district showcase against the Spring Hill Panthers Tuesday, April 10.

Bullard and Spring Hill were caught up in a cat fight throughout the district affair, as both teams scratched and clawed against one another, resulting in a 0-0 tie at the end of the seven innings of regulation.

As the two teams headed for extra innings, Bullard proved to have the momentum on their side in the bottom of the ninth, as with two outs, a run crossed home plate on an error by Spring Hill’s second baseman, allowing Bullard to claim the walk-off win against Spring Hill, 1-0.

Bullard proved to have the stronger sticks at the plate in the district bout, collecting a total of seven hits, compared to the one hit amassed by Spring Hill. The home team Bullard committed a total of four fielding errors, while the visiting Spring Hill team made three errors in the field.

Dakotah Walsworth was the key player at the plate for Bullard in the contest against Spring Hill, finishing the game with a 2-3 performance.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Spring Hill included Jansen Mattingly, going 2-4; Jacob Johnson, going 1-4; Landry Lasseter, going 1-3; and Gage Wakefield, going 1-3.

Colton Bowman was the starter for Bullard on the mound against Spring Hill, allowing one hit and no runs in seven innings of work. Bowman’s pitches baffled the visiting team’s batters, collecting a total of 17 strikeouts in the game.

The Bullard coaching staff elected to use CJ Gardner as a relief pitcher in the contest. In a two-inning appearance, Gardner collected the win, allowing no hits and no runs, while striking out three and walking one.

Bullard Panthers 1,

Kilgore Bulldogs 0, FINAL

BHS: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1

KHS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

To continue district play last week, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team loaded the bus and traveled to battle against the Kilgore Bulldogs Saturday, April 14, at Kilgore’s Driller Park.

Both Bullard and Kilgore began the contest with strong performances in pitching, as the Panthers and Bulldogs were unable to collect runs at the plate, starting the contest with a four-inning stalemate.

The visiting Panthers took control of the contest in the middle innings of the game, as a home run ball flew over the wall in the top of the fifth inning. Bullard was able to hold on to their lead after strong efforts on the mound and in the field, allowing the Panthers to claim the district win against the Bulldogs, 1-0.

Despite coming up short in the run column, the home team Kilgore collected the most hits in the district contest with a total of three, compared to the lone hit that allowed the visiting Bullard team to claim the win. The Panthers committed no fielding errors in the district bout, while the Bulldogs fell victim to one fielding error.

Bullard was led to the victory thanks to the powerful swing of Mattingly, going 1-2 in the game, including a home run that accounted for the team’s only hit, with one RBI.

Earning the win on the mound for the Panthers against the Bulldogs was Hagen Smith, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out six and walking seven, in 6.1 innings of work.

Cody Rowan was used as a relief pitcher for Bullard in the district contest against Kilgore, allowing one hit and no runs, while striking out one, in a short 0.2 inning appearance, in which he picked up the save.

With a record of 2-0 last week, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team currently holds an overall record of 8-10, 4-3 in district play.

Next week: Tuesday, April 17 – Gladewater at Bullard; Friday, April 20 – Bullard at Gilmer.

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