Panthers improve to 7-1

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

April 15, 2014

Tri-County North’s baseball team is off to a hot start.

The Panthers have cruised to six wins in their first seven games and are lighting up opposing pitchers in doing so.

Last week, North won four of five games and didn’t score less than 11 runs in each of the wins.

The Panthers opened the week with an 11-1 win over Franklin-Monroe on Tuesday, April 8. Pitcher Nick Gray picked up the win. Offensively, Austin Hutchins collected three hits and Kyle Edgin added a pair of hits.

The next night, North pounded Missisissinawa Valley pitching in a 26-1 win in five innings. Hutchins went 3-for-3 with three home runs. Blake Lawson went 3-for-4 with a homer, and Edgin added three hits, including a home home.

On Friday, the Panthers topped Newton 11-1 with Gray collecting the win. Austin Elmore led the way on offense going 3-for-4 with a homer, while Jordan Overcash added three hits.

North closed out the week by splitting a double-header.

The Panthers downed county rival Eaton 11-3 with Edgin collecting the win. Edgin also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Elmore and Overcash each collected three hits, while Hutchins added a pair of hits.

In game two, North lost to Washington Court House, 7-4.

North coach Larry Gray said his team did not hit well in the second game, but overall he was please with the results for the week.

“Overall, the team is coming together still have a lot of mental aspects of the game that we need to get better at. I’m still proud of what the team has accomplished so far but it is still early in the season,” coach Gray said. “We will get better.”

Up this week are games with Tri-Village on Tuesday, April 15, Greenville on Wednesday, Ansonia on Thursday and Carlisle on Saturday.