Smith, Brookhaven Panthers hold Terry hitless

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 3, 2004

After a 3-game road trip to open the 2004 baseball season, theBrookhaven Panthers made their home debut Tuesday night at MoyerField. The Panthers, behind a no-hitter by senior pitcher ScottySmith, shut out the Terry Bulldogs 6-0 in the Division 6-4A openerfor both teams. Smith (1-1) allowed only 2 base runners (an errorand walk) and fanned 6 Bulldog hitters.

The Panthers are the defending division champions.

Brookhaven continues Division 6-4A play Friday, hosting LawrenceCounty. The JV game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity gameat 7.

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The Panthers (3-1) were looking to put the ball in play. Theirdefense had performed well early in the season.

“We wanted to do some things with the ball tonight,” said OleBrook head coach Randy Spring.

Brookhaven garnered a 2-0 lead in its half of the third. W. T.King walked, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice flyby Darius Perkins. Two batters later, catcher Adam Ogden singleddown the left field line to score King. Two batters later,shortstop Brooks Hall’s single to right scored Ogden.

The Panthers added a pair of runs in the fourth to increasetheir cushion to 4-0. Second baseman Josh Patrick walked, and movedto second on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Dunaway. Perkins reached onan error. Centerfielder Xavier Qualls doubled to score Patrick andQualls.

Smith helped his own cause in the fifth. Hall singled. Smithdoubled down the right field line to score Hall.

“This was a good win for us,” said Smith. “We wanted to take itone pitch at a time. Our defense did a good job.”

Spring’s ballclub added another run in the sixth. Perkinsreached on an error and was later replaced by pinch runner Guy Orrwho stole second. First baseman Grant McDonnieal reached on a2-base error by the Bulldogs that allowed Orr to score.

“We played well tonight,” added Spring who is in his fifth yearat BHS. “We put the ball in play and made some things happen.”

Hall led the Panther offensive with 3 singles, 3 stolen basesand a RBI. Qualls doubled with 2 RBIs. Brookhaven stole 6bases.

Parker Fowler suffered the loss for Terry. He allowed 2 earnedruns on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2 Brookhaven batters.Jonathan Hauptman, Destin Ellis and Kevin Berry saw action on themound for the Bulldogs, who are coached by Jerry Gibson.

In the JV game, the Panthers got singles fromGuy Orr and Brandt Hinton. Hinton suffered the loss, allowing arun, delivering 1 base on balls and 4 strikeouts.