Panthers fall short in three-game Area series against Texarkana PG

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Bullard Panthers 0, Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks 1, FINAL/8

BHS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

PGHS: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1

The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team was back in action last week, as the team took part in an Area playoff battle against the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

In the opening innings of the contest, the fight between the Panthers and the Hawks was dominated by both team’s pitching and defensive units, as the bats for Bullard and Pleasant Grove remained silent.

Neither Bullard nor Pleasant Grove was able to get things going at the plate late in the affair, as the teams remained scoreless after the seventh inning, forcing the game into extra innings.

In their share of the eighth inning, the Panthers could not string together enough offensive production at the plate to bring a runner across home plate. However, the Hawks soared past the Panthers in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing Pleasant Grove to defeat Bullard in Game 1, 1-0.

Despite suffering the loss, the Bullard squad held the advantage in batting against Pleasant Grove, as the Panthers collected a total of five hits, compared to the two hits amassed by the Hawks. The Panthers were spotless in the field, while the Hawks committed a total of three fielding errors.

Serving as the leader at the plate for the Panthers against the Hawks was Gage Wakefield, turning in a 1-2 performance.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Pleasant Grove included Bryce Jewell, going 1-3, including a double; Jansen Mattingly, going 1-4, including a double; Dakotah Walsworth, going 1-4; and Nic Costas, going 1-4.

Tagged with the loss on the mound for the Panthers was CJ Gardner, allowing one hit, one run, and one earned run, with one strikeout and one walk, in a brief 1.1 inning appearance against the Hawks.

Colton Bowman was the starting pitcher for Bullard, allowing one hit and no runs, with 12 strikeouts and three walks, in six innings of work.

Bullard Panthers 7, Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks 6, FINAL

PGHS: 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 - 6

BHS: 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 - 7

After suffering the Game 1 loss, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team looked to even things up, as the team faced off against the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks in Game 2 of the Area playoff matchup Saturday.

Bullard was the first team to light up the scoreboard in the Game 2 contest, as one run prowled its way around the base paths and across home plate in the opening inning of play.

The Hawks flew high and took the lead in the game in the top of the third inning by plating a total of three runs. The Panthers quickly answered the big inning by the Hawks with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, allowing Bullard to take a 4-1 lead over Pleasant Grove.

In the top of the seventh inning, Pleasant grove swung the bats well, allowing the team to score three additional runs and take the lead over Bullard, 6-4.

Despite being down, the Panthers battled their way back against the Hawks, as the team scored the necessary number of runs while down to their last out, allowing Bullard to claim the walk-off win against Pleasant Grove, 7-6.

Bullard’s bats reigned supreme in the Game 2 contest against Pleasant Grove, as the Panthers swung for a total of nine hits, while the Hawks collected four hits. In the field, the Panthers were tagged with a total of two errors, while the Hawks committed just one error.

The bat of Landry Lasseter led the prowl for Bullard in Game 2, turning in a 2-4 performance, including the game’s walk-off hit, with a total of two runs batted in against Pleasant Grove.

Other significant contributors for the Panthers against the Hawks included Jewell, going 2-4, including a double, with one RBI; Jacob Johnson, going 1-3 with one RBI and two stolen bases; Costas, going 0-3 with one RBI; Tanner Fowler, going 1-2; Mattingly, going 1-3 with one stolen base; Wakefield, going 1-3; and Cody Rowan, going 1-4.

Named the winning pitcher on the mound for Bullard was Johnson, allowing two hits, two runs, and one earned run, with one walk, in a quick 0.2 inning outing.

Hagen Smith was the starter in the Game 2 battle for the Panthers against the Hawks, allowing one hit, three runs, and two earned runs, while striking out four and walking seven, in 3.1 innings of play.

Used as a relief pitcher by the Bullard coaching staff was Rowan, pitching for a total of three innings, allowing one hit, one run, and one earned run, with three strikeouts.

Bullard Panthers 2, Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks 6, FINAL

PGHS: 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 - 6

BHS: 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 2

With the series knotted up at one game apiece, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team rested only for a few minutes before taking the field once again for the pivotal Area round’s Game 3 against the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks.

Pleasant Grove’s offense was able to strike first in the Game 3 finale, as the team scored one run in the first inning to begin the game.

The bats of Bullard located the ball well, allowing the Panthers to score single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, giving Bullard a 2-1 advantage against Pleasant Grove.

The Hawks broke out the big bats against the Panthers in the top of the fourth inning, as five Pleasant Grove players found their way to home plate and scored.

Throughout the remainder of the contest, the Bullard team could not move runners towards home, as the Hawks defeated the Panthers in the Game 3 finale, 6-2.

Although Bullard was defeated in the battle by Pleasant Grove, both teams were even in their hitting production at the plate, collecting a total of three hits each.

Mattingly held the strong stick in the Panthers’ lineup in Game 3 against the Hawks, swinging for a 1-3 performance in the game.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Pleasant Grove included Jewell, going 1-3, with a stolen base; and Walsworth, going 1-3, including a double.

Johnson was named the losing pitcher for the Panthers in the Game 3 showcase against the Hawks, allowing three hits, six runs, and four earned runs, with two strikeouts and three walks, in 3.1 innings of work.

The Panther coaching staff elected to use a total of two relief pitchers in Game 3, including Gardner and Fowler, as Gardner allowed no hits and no walks, with one walk, in less than an inning, while Fowler pitched 3.2 innings, allowing no hits and no walks, with one strikeout and two walks.

With a record of 1-2 last week, the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team ended the 2018 season with a record of 14-13, 7-3 in district play, and was recognized as Bi-District Champions.

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