WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South’s baseball team started the season with a 15-5, 6-inning, run-rule win over Middletown Christian on Monday, March 26.
The Panthers overcame early jitters rallying from a 3-1 deficit for the win.
“We definitely showed some first game jitters and committed quite a few mistakes, but we still did some good things and have a lot to build on going forward,” South co-coach Cory Bassler said. “We did a good job of putting it in play and not letting them make easy outs and we were fortunate enough to score quite a few runs.”
Ryan Bassler came on in relief to pitch five innings and get the win. He allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out four.
“We didn’t plan on giving any pitcher more than a couple innings but Ryan was able to get into a little bit of a groove so we decided to stick with him and let him finish it out,” Coach Bassler said.
South trailed 3-1 after one, but scored at least two runs in each of the final five innings.
The Panthers scored four runs in the second and three more in the third to take the lead for good. They added two more in the fourth and fifth innings, before closing out the scoring with three in the sixth.
For the game, South collected 13 hits.
Branden Perry was 3 for 4 with double, run and RBI. Hunter Bennett went 2 for 4 with four runs and two stolen bases.
Cade Cottingim was 2 for 4 with a walk. Jayden Bassler went 1 for 4 with two RBI and two runs. Bryant Marker 1 for 3 with RBI, two runs and a walk. Ryan Johnson 1 for 3 with RBI, run, and walk. Travis Lovely 1 for 4 with RBI triple, two runs, and a walk.
Ryan Bassler 1 for 4 with RBI double, a run, and a walk. Buddy Henderson 1 for 4 with two runs, two stolen bases and a hit-by-pitch.
The Panthers (1-0) were scheduled to play Bradford on Tuesday, April 3. They are scheduled to play at Franklin-Monroe on Thursday and will host Seton Catholic on Friday. South will wrap up the week with a doubleheader on Saturday, hosting Eaton. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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Twin Valley South’s softball team rolled to an easy win over Middletown Christian as well.
South scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 22-0 win.
Hailee Bright tossed a complete-game no-hitter. She also struck out six.
The Panthers added eight runs in the second and four each in the third and fourth innings to close out the scoring.
South (1-0) was scheduled to play Bradford on Tuesday. The Panthers are set to visit Seton Catholic on Wednesday and Franklin-Monroe on Thursday. They will host Dunbar on Friday and travel to Eaton for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
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