Prep Roundup: Pleasant Grove baseball wins 24th straight district game with win over Paris

Pleasant Grove exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a tight game to drop North Lamar, 12-2, on Tuesday night at The Grove to stay undefeated in District 15-4A play.

Buck Anderson's two-out shot down the left field brought in Landon West who had just hit his second triple of in the game. That forced the mercy rule and dropped the third-place Panthers to 4-4 in the district. It was West's third run scored of the contest.

The win was the 12th straight this year for PG (14-7-1, 8-0) and marked the Hawks' 24th straight district win over three seasons.

"I don't keep track of that," said coach Riley Fincher with a grin. "All I know is we've won one straight and have a game in Pittsburg Friday night."

The Hawks got a strong outing on the mound from Walker Wright, who picked up the win after surrendering two runs and three hits. He walked two and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings.

Spencer Browning closed out the final four outs with a big assist from left fielder Jace Elrod who ended North Lamar's fifth inning by gunning down Tanner Diaz attempting to score from second on a single by Corbin Bleas.

Batting ninth, first baseman Ty Boozer had another clutch game for the Hawks, scoring in the second after reaching on an error, delivering an RBI double in the fifth and then scoring on a double steal initiated by Jarret Halter swiping second.

"Ty is a special, special player," said Fincher. "He is so valuable to our team because of the energy he brings, the great defensive plays he makes and because he is such a tough out at the plate."

Brenton Clark had a solid game, reaching base on a single, a double, and after being hit by a pitch in the fifth. He had a sacrifice for an RBI in the fourth. Cade Martin drew three walks and scored a run.

The final score belied a closely fought game. Pleasant Grove was able to take advantage of an error, three walks and three wild pitches to scratch out a 4-2 lead after four innings.

It was 2-1 after three when Elrod led off with a screeching double to the gap in right and came in on a sacrifice grounder by Clark. Halter followed with a single and Browning brought him with an RBI double.

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Pleasant Grove 9, North Lamar 4

PARIS, Texas – Pleasant Grove put up nine runs in the first two innings to drop North Lamar, 9-4, on Friday night and strengthen their hold on second place in District 15-4A.

The win left the Lady Hawks at 5-1 in district play, one game behind Sulphur Springs with four games left in the regular season.

Sarah Hackleman went the distance on the mound, surrendering two runs apiece in the first two frames before shutting down the Lady Panthers in their next five at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Kara Strickland went 3-for-4, including a triple, and had two RBI. Kasidy Ingram also had a pair of RBI, and Addison Dial, Abby Runion, and Hailey Allen all drove in runs.

Hackleman's battery mate, Jacklynn Smith, went the distance behind the plate and was 2-for-5 at the plate. She scored twice.

"We got a lot of timely hitting with two outs tonight," said coach Becca Collum. Depending on the results of other district games Tuesday night, the Hawks are either one or two wins away from guaranteeing themselves a playoff berth.

"We just need to finish strong," Collum said.

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