LEWISBURG — Tri-County North’s baseball team let an opportunity for a conference championship slip away last week.
North, needing a win over National Trail to earn at least a share of the Cross County Conference championship, dropped a 5-4 contest to the Blazers on Tuesday, April 30.
North can still get a share of the title if Trail lost to Twin Valley South. They were to meet on Monday, May 6.
National Trail got things moving in the first inning with the Blazers scoring a pair of runs on singles by Cameron Harrison, Travis Hunt, and Hunter Lindsey. Harrison and Hunt were driven in when Austin Knapp singled as Trail built a 3-0 lead after one.
North battled back to tie the game at 3-3, scoring twice in the third and another in the fourth.
North scored its first run on a double by Wyatt Hutchins, which scored Collin Whipp. Phil Lockwood walked to force in the second run of the inning.
The Panthers tied the game in the fourth when Casey Whipp singled to score Dylan Curtin.
Trail regained the lead in the 4th with a Harrison single, a double by Hunt, and a sac fly by Peyton Lane.
Trail added a run in the fifth on Hunter Michael’s sac fly.
North closed the gap to 5-4 in the sixth on a Casey Whipp sac fly, scoring Curtin.
North put a runner on the seventh, but he was left stranded at first.
Matthew O’Dell took the loss for Tri-County North. He lasted six innings, allowing 11 hits and five runs while striking out four and walking zero.
Tri-County North collected nine hits on the day. Lockwood, Casey Whipp, and Dylan Curtin each collected multiple hits.
North opened the week with a 14-2 win over Miami East on Monday, April 29.
The Panthers had everything working against the Vikings.
They put up six runs in the third inning. Liam Downing, Chayse Eby, Tyler Cross, Collin Whipp, and Wyatt Hutchins each drove in runs during the inning.
Collin Whipp was the winning pitcher for North. He surrendered two runs on three hits over five innings, striking out three.
Tri-County North totaled 12 hits as Eby, Casey Whipp, Dylan Curtin, and Cross all had multiple hits.
North wrapped up the week with a 4-0 setback to Division II Chaminade Julienne on Thursday.
CJ scored a run in the fourth and three in the fifth.
North (13-5, 10-2 CCC) was scheduled to play Northridge on Monday, May 6 and Middletown Madison on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Panthers will travel to Tecumseh. They will travel to Eaton on Thursday and to Anna on Friday.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH