Panthers collect 1-2-1 record after action in Jasper Invitational tourney

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Bullard Panthers 3, Bridge City Cardinals 16, FINAL

BHS: 0 1 2 0 - 3

BCHS: 9 0 1 6 - 16

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team resumed action on the diamond last week, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to compete at the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, at Jasper High School.

In the first round of the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team battled against the Bridge City Cardinals Thursday.

The Cardinals were able to begin the contest against the Panthers with a strong offensive performance at the plate, stringing together several solid at-bats and scoring a total of nine runs in the opening inning of play.

The Panthers attempted to battle their way back into contention against the Cardinals, collecting one run in the top of the second, as well as two more runs in the third inning.

Despite the runs collected by the Panthers, the Cardinals continued to swing heavy bats at the plate, adding one run to their total in the third inning, as well as six more runs in the fourth inning, allowing Bridge City to claim the victory over Bullard, 16-3.

At the plate, the Panthers were led by the bat of Josh Chewning, turning in a 2-2 performance, including a double, with two RBIs.

The only other hitter for the Panthers able to collect a hit in the contest against the Cardinals was Dakota Walsworth, going 1-2.

Denton Ventress was tagged with the loss for the Panthers on the mound against the Cardinals, allowing five hits, eight runs, and two earned runs, while walking two, in 0.2 innings of work.

The Panther coaching staff elected to use a trio of pitchers in relief during the game against the Cardinals, including Cody Rowan, Tanner Fowler, and Landry Lasseter.

Rowan allowed three hits, three runs, and two earned runs, while striking out one and walking two, in 2.1 innings, while Fowler allowed no hits, five runs, and five earend runs, while walking five, in less than an inning. Lasseter allowed one hit and no runs, while striking out one and walking one, in one inning of play.

Bullard Panthers 4, Central Heights Blue Devils 5, FINAL

CHHS: 0 0 0 2 3 - 5

BHS: 1 0 1 0 2 - 4

In the second round of the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team competed against the Nacogdoches Central Heights Blue Devils Friday.

The Panthers were able to light up the scoreboard first in the contest against the Blue Devils, moving their way throughout the base paths to score one run in the bottom of the first inning.

The offense for the Panthers was able to tack on an additional run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Blue Devils.

In the fourth inning, the Blue Devils were able to put together solid at-bats to battle their way back against the Panthers, plating a total of two runs. Central Heights’s strong offensive production continued into the fifth inning, as the Blue Devils added three more runs.

The Panthers attempted to claw their way back against the Blue Devils in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Bullard could only make up two runs in the scoring deficit, as the Blue Devils claimed the victory over Bullard, 5-4.

Chewning was the leader at the plate for the Panthers for the second consecutive game, going 2-3 with one RBI.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Blue Devils included Jacob Johnson, going 1-3 with one RBI; Clayton Burnett, going 2-3; Walsworth, going 1-1; Costas, going 0-3 with one RBI; and Walters, collecting three walks and one RBI.

On the mound, Johnson was tagged with the loss against the Blue Devils, allowing eight hits, five runs, and five earned runs, while striking out six and walking four, in 4.2 innings of work.

Bullard Panthers 11, Diboll Lumberjacks 0, FINAL

DHS: 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

BHS: 0 1 0 7 3 - 11

In the fourth and final round of the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team faced off against the Diboll Lumberjacks Friday.

After beginning the contest with a scoreless first inning of play, the Panthers were able to reach home plate first, scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning.

The Panthers used their powerful bats in the fourth inning to cut the Lumberjacks down to size, as a total of seven Panther batters prowled across home plate.

In the fifth inning, the Panthers continued to have success at the plate against the Lumberjacks, adding a total of three more runs to their total, while using their strong defensive play to keep Diboll’s bats silent, as the Panthers claimed the victory over the Lumberjacks, 11-0.

Austin Childs swung the heaviest bat for the Panthers in the contest against the Lumberjacks, going 2-4, including a double, and collecting a total of five RBIs.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Lumberjacks included Chewning, going 2-4 with two RBIs; Rowan, going 0-1 with two RBIs; Walters, going 1-1 with one RBI; Costas, going 2-3; Cleet Bowman, going 2-2; Burnett, going 1-2; Johnson, going 1-2; and Wes Carter, going 0-2 with one RBI.

Colton Bowman was named the winning pitcher for the Panthers on the mound against the Lumberjacks, allowing one hit and no runs, while striking out 13, in five innings of work.

Bullard Panthers 1, West Orange-Stark Mustangs 1, FINAL

BHS: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1

WHS: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

In the third round of the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team squared off against the West Orange-Stark Mustangs Saturday.

The Mustangs galloped their way onto the scoreboard first in the contest, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning.

After a three-inning stalemate, the Panthers were able to have success at the plate, prowling their way around the bases to score one run in the top of the fifth inning.

With a time limit at the Jasper Invitational Baseball Tournament, neither the Panthers nor the Mustangs were able to pull ahead in the late innings, as the contest resulted in a tie.

Fowler’s bat provided the lone run for the Panthers in the third round contest against the Mustangs, going 1-3 with one RBI.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Mustangs included Burnett, going 2-3; Costas, going 1-2; and

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