Pack closes opening weekend with pair of losses

The Lufkin Panthers’ baseball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday to finish the Spring Branch ISD Tournament with a 3-3 record.

Lufkin, which entered the day riding a three-game winning streak, dropped a 10-2 decision against George Ranch.

Clayton Corley led the Panthers at the plate with a double, single and two RBI. Jonathan Dewberry, Riley Durham and Max Quick added a single apiece for the Pack.

Corley started the game and worked three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.

Clayton Gesford took the loss, allowing five runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks in one inning of work.

Abel Garcia worked an inning, allowing one earned run on one hit with two walks. Gesford also saw action on the mound for Lufkin, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits.

The game was a pitcher’s duel early on as the teams went through three scoreless innings.

The Panthers finally got the offense going in the fourth inning as Quick led off with a single and eventually came around to score on a two-out double by Corley.

That lead didn’t last for long as George Ranch put up five runs in the bottom half of the inning then went ahead 6-1 by putting up another run in the fifth inning.

The Panthers added their second and final run in the sixth inning as Gesford was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then scored on another Corley hit, this time an RBI single, to make it 6-2.

However, George Ranch put the tournament’s eight-run mercy rule into effect by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the final 10-2.

The Panthers also dropped an 8-2 decision to Klein Collins.

Dewberry and Durham led Lufkin’s offensive attack with a pair of singles and a run. Charlie Henson added a double and Gesford had a single and two RBI and Charlie Henson hit a double.

Dylan Murphy took the loss for Lufkin, allowing seven runs, two earned, on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings of work.

Kolton Eberlan pitched the final three innings, giving up one earned run with two hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.

Lufkin got on top with a pair of early runs when Gesford delivered a two-run single.

Klein Collins answered with five runs in the second inning before putting up two runs in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth inning.

Lufkin (3-3) will return to action for its home opener on Friday afternoon. The Panthers host Northside at 2 p.m. before facing Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. The Panthers then host the Pete

Runnels tournament from March 9-11.

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