The Lufkin Panthers’ baseball team started and finished strong to roll to a 13-4 win over the Lindale Eagles in District 16-5A action at Morris Frank Park Thursday night.
The Panthers scored five runs in the first inning, then after Lindale cut that mark to 5-4, ran away by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning to move to 4-0 in district action.
“When we learn to put teams away, we’re going to be really good,” Lufkin head coach John Cobb said. “We started out strong then let them in the game. Then we got going again when we needed it. We need to be better at not letting teams back in the game.”
Logan Lair got the win for Lufkin by allowing four runs, all unearned, in four innings of work. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out two.
Christian Stephens worked the last three innings, giving up no runs on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Lufkin’s offense got contributions from up and down the lineup with Ben Osgood and Manuel Garcia delivering two hits and two RBI each.
Max Quick had a hit and three RBI, Adrian Pena had a hit and two RBI, Dylan Murphy and Luke Rowley each had a hit and RBI and Blake Lazarine and Jonathan Newberry each had a hit.
The Panthers seemed ready to put the game away as they put up five runs in the first inning. Quick got the Pack on the board with a two-run single and Dylan Murphy came around to score on a wild pitch, making the score 3-0.
Pena capped the rally with a two-run single that gave the Pack a 5-0 lead.
However, Lindale got back in the game by taking advantage of a Lufkin error to plate four fourth-inning runs to bring the gap to a run.
The Panthers got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Lazarine scored on an error to make it 6-4.
Lufkin finally put the game away by plating seven runs in the fifth inning.
Rowley got Lufkin back on the board with an RBI double. After Lazarine was intentionally walked, Dylan Murphy hit an RBI single and Quick was walked with the bases loaded to make it 9-4.
Garcia delivered a two-run single to up the margin to seven runs and Osgood capped the rally with a two-run single that made it 13-4.
Lufkin was able to coast to the win from there.
The Panthers (13-4, 4-0) will be back in action on Friday night when they host Corsicana at 7.