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Panthers turn back Wesson

The Brookhaven Panthers enjoyed a special Senior Recognition ceremony with a 5-2 victory over the Wesson Cobras in baseball action Saturday at Moyer Field.

“This was a solid win for us,” said BHS coach Randy Spring. “Seth Porter set the tone for us on the mound and the guys responded offensively and defensively. Overall, this was a great win for our seniors.”

The seniors recognized in the ceremony were Peyton Clark, Andrew Culver, Seth Porter, Genoa Sartin, Zach Smith, Houston Case and stat manager Jessie Claire Henning.

The Panthers (12-14, 6-2) resume action Tuesday. They invade Brandon. Varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game.

Brookhaven begins their march in the 5A state playoffs Friday on the road against West Jones starting at 7 p.m. The Panthers return home to host the Mustangs Saturday at 1 p.m. as the best-of-three series continues.

The Cobras (19-5, 9-1) return to action Monday. They host the Hazlehurst Indians. The junior varsity game kicks off at 4:30, followed by the varsity at 6:30.

Wesson has received a first round bye before starting their quest in the 2A state playoffs.

Brookhaven 5, Wesson 2

The Panther and Cobras battled back and forth in a tough defensive contest. The Panthers managed to break up the scoreless ballgame in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Brookhaven capitalized on Wesson’s mistakes and walks to capture the lead at 4-0 and added another run in the fifth.

In the seventh inning, the Cobras managed to get on the scoreboard to break the shutout with two runs.

Seth Porter (6-1) was the winning pitcher for the Panthers with three strikeouts and one walk in a 4-hit mound performance.

Alex Smith suffered the setback for the Cobras with three strikeouts and eight walks. Tyler McLeod (2K, 2BB) saw some action in relief as they limited BHS to 3 hits.

Zach Smith, Peyton Clark and Myles Tipton were the offensive leaders for Brookhaven at the plate with a single apiece.

Bailey Warren directed Wesson’s offense with a double. Hitting safely were Jase Alexander, Alex Smith and Austin Crow.

“We hit the ball really well and hard, but it was right at folks,” said Wesson coach Seth Lofton. “Overall, we did a very good job defensively.”