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District champs

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:35 pm

The Mountain Grove Panthers took the District 10 championship with a 1-0 shutout over Licking.

Panther pitcher Alex Moore allowed just two hits and struck out seven, including the final hitter.

Treye Collins connected on a 2-0 count in the fourth inning on a drive which cleared the left field fence.

Collins had singled in the second inning and Jacob Mitchell opened the game with a single, but those were the Panthers only other two hits.

Licking had loaded the bases in the third inning with one out. With the infield pulled in, Panther third baseman Garrett Newberry took a ground ball home to force the runner. Moore took a toss from first baseman Mitchell on another ground ball to close down the  Licking threat.

Licking put two runners on in the sixth with two outs, but the Panthers forced the third out at third base to again hold off another Licking challenge.

With two outs, Moore gave up only his third walk of the game in the final inning. A wild pitch put the runner at second. Panther catcher Treye Collins threw behind the runner at second and caught him off the base, but the Panthers lost him in the rundown giving Licking another chance. Moore finished out the game with his seventh strikeout.

This was the first district win for the Panthers since 1996. It is believed that no Panther team has made it past sectional play.

The Panthers had advanced to the championship game with a 10-0 win over Liberty.

Mountain Grove scored twice in the first inning. Mitchell was hit by a pitch, stole a base and moved to third on an error. Mitchell would score on a Blaine Halford single. Halford would later come home on a Newberry single.

The Panthers scored three more times in the third when D.J. McNew led the inning off with a homerun. Brock Coffman and Collins would single. They both scored on a Cory Allen double.

Three more runs scored in the fourth. Mitchell led off with a single and Halford would reach. Mitchell came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of McNew. Coffman followed with a single, and Newberry produced another sacrifice fly. Easton Collins singled home the third run.

The Panthers scored their final two runs in the sixth when McNew and Coffman singled, and Newberry reached on a fielder’s choice. Treye Collins would pick up an RBI with a single and Allen brought home the final run with a sacrifice fly.

Newberry and McNew combined for the shutout. Newberry threw the first five innings and recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed two hits. McNew finished up with one strikeout and no hits.