Mabank take three out of four in Malakoff varsity tournament
MALAKOFF–The Mabank Panthers varsity baseball squad finished off a successful weekend at the Cedar Creek Lake Classic Feb. 28 through March 2 in Malakoff.
The Panthers opened with a contest against the Kerens Bobcats March 1 with Mabank jumping ahead 2-0 after the first inning.
The offense went to work for the Panthers in the bottom half of the second inning as they rattled off seven runs to push their lead to 9-0.
Mabank wrapped up the game with six runs in the bottom of the third inning on their way to a 15-0 shutout victory over the Bobcats.
Tyler Pruitt pitched a one-hit shutout in three innings of work with three strikeouts against the Bobcats.
Grant McManus picked up three hits and two RBIs, followed by Landry Johnson with two hits for Mabank.
Alynn Gentry and Coy McManus picked up two RBIs apiece in the win as well over Kerens.
Mabank then faced off against Mineola in their second contest Friday night.
Mineola got on the board first in the top of the first inning, but Mabank answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take back the lead 2-1.
Mineola picked up three runs in the top of the second inning to regain the lead 4-2 over Mabank.
The Panthers’ bats went to work in the bottom half of the inning as they plated five runs to take a 7-4 lead over Mineola.
Mabank added one more run in the third inning as they shut down Mineola in the fourth inning to take an 8-4 win.
Peyton Johannesen picked up the win for Mabank on the mound, going 2.1 innings and striking out three.
Gentry led the Panthers with three RBIs while Pruitt added two RBIs for Mabank in the win over Mineola.
The Panthers ended their Friday night with a shutout victory over the hosting Malakoff Tigers.
The Panthers plated two runs in both the third and fourth inning behind a no-hitter from pitcher Kobey Roberts.
Roberts pitched four innings, allowing no runs on no hits with eight strikeouts in a 4-0 Panthers win.
Roberts also helped himself out at the plate, picking up two hits and an RBI Friday night.
The Panthers dropped their first contest of the weekend to end the tournament as they fell to Garrison Saturday afternoon.
Garrison got on the board in the top of the first inning with Mabank immediately answering with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Garrison plated two runs in the top of the third inning and put the game out of reach with eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 11-2 lead.
Mabank scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to an 11-3 loss.
Mabank wrapped up the weekend going 3-1 in four contests.
The Panthers return home to host their own varsity tournament March 7 through March 9.
Mabank has a back-to-back to begin tournament play March 7 as they face Itasca at 3:15 p.m., followed by a game against Ferris at 5:30 p.m.
Mabank takes on rival Kemp to begin Friday’s portion of the tournament at 9 a.m. before finishing with two games Saturday, weather pending, against Alvarado at 1:10 p.m. and against Connally at 5:30 p.m.