Gearing up for what they hope is another extended playoff run, the Lufkin Panthers built up some big-time momentum as they upset The Woodlands Highlanders, 5-0, on the road Friday night.
Kolton Eberlan pitched a complete-game five-hit shutout as the Panthers took down the Highlanders for the second time this season with both victories coming on the road. Eberlan struck out two and walked none as the Panthers won the season series from the Highlanders,
Adam Holden and Tanner Green led the Lufkin hitters with a pair of singles each while Max Quick had a double and two RBI and Davis Powell delivered a single and two RBI.
Charlie Henson, Dillon McDuffie and Jonathan Dewberry each added a single for the Pack.
The Panthers took control of the game thanks to a four-run third inning. Davis Powell gave Lufkin the 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to center field. Green scored the Pack’s second run on an error.
That lead grew to 4-0 when Quick delivered a two-run double.
The game stood at 4-0 until the seventh inning when Henson singled then came around to score on a Powell RBI single.
That was more than enough for Eberlan, who was in control from the opening inning.
The Panthers will open the playoffs next week with an opponent still to be determined.