Panthers split district bouts with Buckeyes, Bulldogs

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Bullard Panthers 5, Gilmer Buckeyes 3, FINAL

GHS: 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 - 3

BHS: 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 5

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team resumed district action last week, as the team returned home to the friendly confines of Bullard High School for a district matchup against the Gilmer Buckeyes Monday, April 2.

The home team Bullard began the contest on an offensive prowl at the plate, collecting a total of three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

After allowing one Gilmer run to score in the top of the second, Bullard answered in their share of the inning by plating an additional two runs.

Throughout the middle innings of the contest, the bats of the Panthers and Buckeyes remained silent until Gilmer scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

However, the late scores by the visiting Buckeyes proved to come too late in the contest against the Panthers, as Bullard claimed the district win over Gilmer, 5-2.

The attack at the plate for Bullard against Gilmer was led by the swing of Jacob Johnson, turning in a perfect 1-1 performance with a total of two runs batted in and one stolen base.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Buckeyes included Dakota Walsworth, going 2-3, including two doubles, with one RBI; Gage Wakefield, going 2-2, with one stolen base; Jansen Mattingly, going 1-2; Bryce Jewell, going 1-3, including a double; and Nic Costas, going 1-4 with one stolen base.

Recognized as the winning pitcher for Bullard against Gilmer in the contest was Colton Bowman; he allowed no hits and one run, while striking out 13 and walking six, in five innings of play.

A total two relief pitchers were used by the Panther coaching staff against the Buckeyes, as Tanner Fowler allowed no hits, two runs, and one earned run, while striking out one and walking three, in one inning of pitching, while Cody Rowan allowed one hit and no runs, while striking out one and walking one, in one inning of work.

Bullard Panthers 5, Chapel Hill Bulldogs 10, FINAL

BHS: 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 - 5

CHS: 1 4 0 5 0 0 X - 10

Later in the week, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team hit the road for their next district contest, traveling for a battle against the Chapel Hill Bulldogs Friday, April 6, at Chapel Hill High School.

The home team Bulldogs bit at the Panthers’ defense with strong swings at the plate early in the game, as Chapel Hill scored one run in the bottom of the first, as well as four additional runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Bullard was able to cross home plate for the first time in the ballgame during the top of the fourth frame, allowing three runs to cross home plate. However, the scored by the Panthers were quickly answered by the Bulldogs, who plated a total of five runs in their share of the fourth inning.

The Panthers attempted to make their way back into the district contest during the sixth inning by scoring a total of two runs, but the late effort by Bullard fell short, as Chapel Hill went on to claim the district win over Bullard, 10-5.

The Bulldogs held the advantage in the hit column against the Panthers, swinging for a total of nine hits in the ballgame, compared to the four hits cashed in on by Bullard. Chapel Hill was charged with a total of three fielding errors in the contest, while Bullard committed a total of two errors in the field.

The bat of Mattingly led the lineup card for Bullard in the district bout against Chapel Hill, as he went 1-3, including a home run, with three RBIs.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Bulldogs included Walsworth, going 1-3 with one RBI; Johnson, going 2-3, with one stolen base; and Rowan, going 0-2 with one RBI.

Johnson was tagged with the loss for Bullard against Chapel Hill, allowing seven hits, eight runs, and six earned runs, while striking out one and walking three, in 3.1 innings of play.

The Panther coaching staff elected to use Hagen Smith as a relief pitcher in the contest against the Bulldogs, allowing two hits, two runs, and two earned runs, while striking out three and walking two, in 2.2 innings of pitching.

With a record of 1-1 last week, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team currently holds an overall record of 6-10, 2-3 in district play, on the 2017-2018 season.

Next week: Tuesday, April 10 – Spring Hill at Bullard; Friday, April 13 – Bullard at Kilgore.

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