A sixth inning unearned run spelled the difference between victory and defeat on Monday night at "The Park" in Kingwood as the Panthers edged the Summer Creek Bulldogs 1-0.
The pitching duel between Panthers' ace Jason Blanchard and SC's Keagan Bear was something to behold. Bear mowed down the K-Park hitters one after another striking out ten in six innings of work while Blanchard struck out nine.
Summer Creek had its opportunities to plate runs six different times but failed to capitalize stranding nine on the basepaths including five in scoring position.
The Panthers had just one opportunity and made the most of it thanks to a throwing error that allowed Nick Benedict to race home with the game winner. With two outs, Blake Ledoux scorched a grounder that Bulldogs third baseman Kyle Duncan snared ranging far to his left but his throw sailed wide of first and Benedict raced home.
K-Park's head coach was elated with the win that improved his team to 6-3 in District 19-4A and kept them in the hunt for another playoff run.
"We are a young team," said Cox. "The guys are starting to come together and we are getting key contributions from our young players and what can you say about Blanchard. He's a competitor."
The teams will meet again on Friday night April 4, 2014 at Summer Creek. First pitch is slated for 6p.m.