NEW PARIS — A six-run second inning lifted Tri-County North’s baseball team past host National Trail last week, 11-1, and earned the Panthers at least a share of the Cross County Conference championship.
With the win, North improved to 10-1 in the CCC and 13-7 overall, while Trail dropped to 3-7 in the CCC and 5-13 overall.
North opened the scoring in the first.
North’s Zach Edgin scored on a ground out by Tanner Booth to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Panthers broke the game open scoring all six runs with two outs.
Wyatt Hutchins scored on a hard hit ground ball by Bailey Lairson for a 2-0 lead. After loading the bases, North’s third run scored via a walk. Booth then singled to score two more runs to make it 5-0. A National Trail error allowed two more runs to score and essentially put the game out of reach.
The Blazers scored their lone run in the bottom of the third on a double by Peyton Lane, which scored Angel Garabito.
In the fourth, Chandler Sproles hit two-run homer to give his team a 9-1 lead. Later in the inning, Lairson singled to score Hutchins.
Booth earned the win for North. He pitched seven innings, surrendering one run, five hits, and striking out seven.
Sproles and and Lairson each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for North. Booth added three RBIs and Liam Downing drove in two runs.
Hunter Lee led the Blazers with two hits.
North was scheduled to play Twin Valley South on Monday and Northeastern on Tuesday. The Panthers will open tournament play on Wednesday, at home, against Emmanuel Christian.
Trail was scheduled to begin tournament play on Monday against Dixie. If the Blazers won they will travel to Carlisle on Wednesday.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH