LEWISBURG — The Tri-County North Panthers jumped out to an early lead on Tri-Village and captured a 13-2 victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7, at Tri-Village, to close out the regular season.
The Panthers took the opening game as well, 11-4. Both games were non-league contests.
With six runs in the first three innings, North left no doubt about the eventual outcome in game two.
An RBI single by Morgan Helman, a passed ball, an RBI single by Hailey Stupp, and an RBI double by Gracie Douglas in the first inning supplied the early offense for the Panthers.
Brooke Timmons was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double in the third and sixth innings and a single in the seventh inning.
North pitcher Megan Hemp handled Tri-Village’s lineup with ease, racking up six strikeouts. Hemp allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks over seven innings.
North extended its lead with five runs in the fifth. A wild pitch scored Timmons to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Hemp’s single, bringing home Alexis Reeder and Cassi Stinson.
North added two more runs in the top of the seventh. Douglas started the scoring with a single, bringing home Helman. That was followed up by Timmons’ single, scoring Taylor Green.
In game one, North jumped out to another early lead to cruise to the win.
The Panthers scored seven runs in the first three innings.
North took advantage of Patriot mistakes to take control of the game as they scored three runs due to errors in the first innings, and added another run in the second from a Tri-Village miscue. In addition, the Panthers scored on an RBI single by Brooke Timmons during the first inning, a groundout by Morgan Helman, and an RBI single by Hailey Stupp in the second inning.
Stupp had three extra-base hits for North.
Tri-Village had no answer for Hemp, who kept runners off the basepaths in her appearance. Hemp held Tri-Village hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three.
Stupp, Hemp, Timmons and Krislynn Hogan combined for 12 hits and three RBIs for the Panthers.
North scored single runs in the fourth inning and the fifth.
On Thursday, North sufferd a 13-1 loss to Cross County Conference champion Arcanum.
It was a tight game until Arcanum scored eight runs in the final two innings, including seven in the seventh inning.
North scored its lone run in the second on an RBI double by Kaitlin Heindl.
The Panthers were scheduled to begin tournament play on Tuesday, May 10 against Dayton Jefferson. The Broncos forfeited that contest, which advances the Panthers to the second round on Thursday, May 12, against either No. 2 seed Southeastern or No. 6 Catholic Central. If Southeastern wins, North, the No. 3 seed, will travel there. If Catholic Central is victorious, North will host the game.
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