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Ole Brook Panthers thwart Natchez 15-5

The Brookhaven Panthers pounced on Natchez early by scoring 11 runs in the first three innings to cruise ahead and win the district matchup 15-5.

The win moves the Panthers to 19-7 overall and keeps them perfect in district play at 9-0.

Ole Brook got on the board in the top of the first, exploding for five runs to set the tone of the game. The Panthers followed the strong first inning by scoring two in the top of the second and four in the top of the third and took an 11-3 lead after three.

Natchez tried to fight their way back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Brookhaven bats were too hot.

Junior Trace Owens got the start for Ole Brook and pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on no hits, five walks and two strikeouts. Senior Dalton Fortado came on in relief of Owens and pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Sophomore Corbin Falvey led the Panthers at the plate by going 2-for-5 with a team-high four RBIs on the night. Freshman Gatson Walker got his opportunity and made the most of it, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a two-RBI double on the night. Owens, junior Clint Stephens, senior Penn Wilson and sophomore Jacob Porter all had one RBI each to round out the scoring for the Panthers.

The last game of the regular season for Brookhaven comes Tuesday night when they hit the road to face Columbia. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.