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Panthers finish 2-1 in home tournament

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Mabank tops Itasca and Kemp, moves to 6-3-1


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MABANK–The Mabank Panthers had a successful 2-1 weekend as they hosted their varsity baseball tournament March 7 and 8.
In their first game against Itasca, the Panthers surrendered the first run via a balk in the top of the first inning as they trailed 1-0 early.
The Panthers started their rally in the bottom of the first inning as Alynn Gentry picked up a leadoff single for Mabank. Mabank added another runner on an infield error and got runners on second and third base after a double steal.
Grant McManus took a walk to load the bases with no outs.
Tyler Pruitt came through with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.
After a walk to Chandler Carter and a strikeout by Coy McManus, Peyton Johannesen picked up an RBI walk to push Mabank ahead 2-1. Grant McManus ended the inning scoring on a wild pitch as the Panthers led 3-1 after the first inning.
Itasca responded with two runs off a double steal and an RBI double in the top of the second inning as the teams sat tied 3-3 after 1.5 innings.
Kobey Roberts added an RBI infield single for the Panthers in the bottom of the second inning to push Mabank back in front 4-3.
With runners on first and third base in the bottom of the third inning, the Panthers plated another run as Johannesen scored on a balk as the Itasca pitcher fake a throw to third and over to first as the Panthers moved ahead 5-3.
Itasca added one final run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout, but the Panthers took the win 5-4 in 4.5 innings Thursday afternoon.
Travis Donnell picked up the win on the mound for Mabank, going 3.2 innings with two strikeouts against Itasca.
The Panthers finished Thursday night with a contest against the Ferris Yellowjackets.
After two scoreless innings to begin the game, Ferris plated the first run of the game in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Both teams went scoreless again in the fourth inning as Ferris plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning to increase their lead to 4-0.
Mabank finally got on the board in the bottom half of the inning, but the Panthers fell 4-1 Thursday night against Ferris.  
Gentry picked up the lone RBI for the Panthers as Grant McManus took the loss on the mound after six innings of work, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Panthers then took on their cross-town rivals in the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday morning.
After holding the ’Jackets scoreless in the top of the first inning, the Panthers’ bats went to work against Kemp.
With Logan Greathouse on the mound, Gentry lead off the inning with a ringing triple.
Roberts followed that up with an RBI single to put the Panthers ahead 1-0.
Carter then delivered a double, followed by another RBI single from Johannesen this time to put Mabank up 2-0.
With two outs in the inning and runners on first and third, the Panthers pulled off the fake steal of second with Carter scoring on a perfectly executed rundown at second base to end the inning with Mabank up 3-0.
Cameron Clamon got the ’Jackets on the board after a single, a stolen base and couple of passed balls behind the plate to trim the deficit to 3-1.
The ’Jackets added another run in the top of the fourth inning after Dakota Price reached on an error, stole second base and reached third base on a passed ball before Noah Herring delivered an RBI double to make it a 3-2 game.
The Panthers began the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff single from Grant Capehart.
After a fielder’s choice moved Capehart to second base, Jake Carter picked up an RBI single to add to Mabank’s lead 4-2.
After an opposite field single to right by Gentry, Roberts added an RBI single as the Panthers took home a 5-2 victory over the ’Jackets.
Roberts picked up the win on the mound for the Panthers, going three innings and striking out six batters. Roberts also added three hits and two RBIs in the win over Kemp.
After a successful 2-1 weekend in tournament play, the Panthers sit at 6-3-1 on the 2019 season.
Mabank returns to the diamond Friday, March 15 at home against Life Waxahachie with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.


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