Terry rallies past Brookhaven
Brookhaven junior pitcher Paxton King and the Panthers had thevisiting Terry Bulldogs right where they wanted them for fiveinnings. Unfortunately, Brookhaven watched a 4-1 lead evaporate inthe final two innings as Terry rallied for seven runs on their wayto an 8-4 Division 6-4A win at Moyer Field.
Terry improved to 11-5 overall and 7-0 in the division.Brookhaven falls to 3-2 in the division and 12-6 overall
It was a pitchers’ duel for most of the game. King (3-2) workedthe first six innings with 12 strikeouts, 4 walks and 5 hitsallowed. Going into the fifth, he allowed 1 hit, no walks and noruns. Bud Britt worked the final inning and finished with 2strikeouts, 1 walk and 3 hits allowed.
“Paxton threw well for five innings,” said Brookhaven headbaseball coach Randy Spring after the game. “Give Terry credit. Wegave them a couple of chances in the sixth inning. I am proud ofour effort.”
Terry head coach Jerry Gibson was impressed with King’s controlfor the first five innings.
“King just shut us down for the first five innings,”complimented Gibson. “He pitched a great game. He threw a lot ofpitches in the sixth.”
Getting the win was Charlie Shearer (5-1) who had 10 strikeouts,7 walks and allowed 8 runs on 7 hits.
“Charlie has been throwing well,” added Gibson of his pitcher.”He’ll keep you in the ball game. He has been a solid performer forus the last three years.”
Following a scoreless first inning, Panther third baseman ColeNewell ripped a solo home run over the left field fence to give OleBrook a 1-0 lead. Mitch Pappas and Nick Helmstetter singled. TaylorNewman was hit by a pitch and went to first to lead the bases. Withone out Elliott Warren hit a sacrifice single to score Pappas forthe second run and push the hosts’ lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Panthers scored their final tworuns of the game to push their lead over the Tigers to 4-0.
Newell walked. Pappas singled and Helmsetter was hit by a pitchto load the bases. Taylor Newman singled to centerfield to drive inNewell and Pappas for the third and fourth runs respectively.
In the top of the fifth, Terry third baseman Bobby Davis singledand Antwain Dixon followed with a hard triple to score Davis andcut the deficit to 4-1.
The top of the sixth saw the Bulldogs explode for five runs totake a 6-4 lead over the Panthers. John Pace and Derrick Hardingwalked. While pitching to Harding, Panther catcher Pappas caught aball in the throat and was replaced by Newell. Pappas, who went tothe hospital, was released and came back but never came back intothe game.
Rashun Dixon singled to score one run and cut the deficit to4-2. With one out, Garrett Reese walked. Wes Price struck out.Bobby Davis walked. Dixon scored another run on a wild pitch to cutthe Panther lead to 4-3. Dixon and Andrew Lassiter hit hard singlesto score three more runs and give Terry the 6-4 lead.
Britt took over in the top of the seventh. Dixon singled. Withtwo outs, Reese and Wes Price singled. With the help of two stolenbases, the Bulldogs scored the two bonus runs for the 8-4 lead andeventual win.
Brookhaven travels to Terry Friday night for a varsitydoubleheader. The first game begins at 4:30 p.m.