Panthers drop 3 of 4 heading into tournament play


By Eddie Mowen Jr. - emowen@aimmediamidwest.com



LEWISBURG — Tri-County North’s baseball team played four games during the final week of the regular season.

The Panthers, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Division IV sectional, went 1-3 playing against three D-3 teams, a D-I team.

North (14-8) opened the week with an a 11-1 win over Northridge on Monday, May 6, before dropping three straight to Middletown Madison, Tecumseh and Anna.

Tri-County North grabbed a late lead and to beat Northridge.

The game was tied at one with Tri-County North batting in the bottom of the fourth when Collin Whipp tripled scoring two runs. The Panthers added two more runs to take a 5-1 lead.

The Panthers secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fifth inning. Collin Whipp, Casey Whipp, Wyatt Hutchins, and Chayse Eby all drove in runs in the frame.

North took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

In the top of the third inning, Northridge tied things up at one when an error allowed a run to score for Northridge.

Collin Whipp was the winning pitcher for Tri-County North. He went five innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out six.

Tri-County North saw the ball well, racking up ten hits in the game. Casey Whipp, Hutchins, and Eby each collected multiple hits. Collin Whipp, Casey Whipp each drove in three runs and Hutchins added a pair of RBI.

Tuesday’s game against Madison was a tough one for Tri-County North, as they gave up eight runs in the final four innings and suffered an 8-1 loss.

North struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Madison.

With the Panthers holding a 1-0 lead after three innings, Madison knotted the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning.

Madison scored three runs in the fifth, another in the sixth and three more in the seventh inning.

Clayton Finney took the loss for Tri-County North. He went two innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one.

Dylan Curtin started the game for Tri-County North. He went four innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two

Tyler Cross, Collin Whipp, Finney, and Wyatt Royer each collected one hit to lead North.

Wednesday’s game against Tecumseh was similar for Tri-County North, as they lost the lead late in an 11-7 defeat.

The game was tied at 7-7 with Tecumseh batting in the bottom of the sixth before the Arrows added four more runs. A three-run triple was the highlight for Tecumseh.

Tri-County North collected eight hits and Tecumseh had 11 in the high-scoring affair.

Tri-County North opened up scoring in the first inning, when Clayton Finney singled scoring two runs.

Matthew O’Dell took the loss for Tri-County North. He pitched six innings, allowing 11 hits and 11 runs while striking out four and walking none.

Casey Whipp and Finney each collected multiple hits.

The Panthers watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 10-0 loss to Anna on Friday. Anna took the lead on a single in the first inning.

Tri-County North struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Anna, giving up ten runs, while committing seven errors.

The Rockets scored a pair of runs in the first and added five more in the second inning. Anna closed out the scoring with three runs in the sixth.

North managed just three hits for the game.

Clayton Finney, Wyatt Royer, and Whipp each collected one hit to lead Tri-County North.

North played Southeastern in a sectional final on Wednesday, May 15. The Panthers won 4-3 and will play again on Monday, May 20 against Cedarville. The game will played at Newton High School.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

emowen@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH

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