The Oak Ridge War Eagles jumped out to a big lead early then held on late as the Lufkin Panthers dropped a 9-6 decision in District 12-6A baseball action in Conroe Wednesday night.
Oak Ridge raced out to an 8-1 lead after four innings. Lufkin eventually struck for four runs in the seventh inning before the War Eagles finally got out of the jam in getting their second straight win over the Panthers.
Dillon McDuffie led the Panthers with three singles and an RBI. Max Quick delivered a homer, single and two RBI and Adam Holden had a pair of singles.
Tanner Green had a single and two RBI and Jonathan Dewberry, Charlie Henson, Dylan Murphy, and Clayton Corley chipped in with a single each.
Green took the loss on the mound for Lufkin, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Clayton Corley pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and a strikeout.
Oak Ridge struck for three runs in the first and second innings for a quick 6-0 lead. The Pack got on the board with a McDuffie RBI single before Oak Ridge answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Quick opened the sixth inning with a solo homer before Oak Ridge scored in the bottom half of the inning to make it 9-2.
The Panthers put together a seventh-inning rally with RBI singles from Gesford and Quick and a two-run single from Green before Oak Ridge escaped further damage and held on for the 9-6 win.
The Panthers fell to 4-6 in district with the loss and will return to action on Friday when they host the same War Eagles at 6 p.m. With three games left in the regular season, the Panthers hold a two-game lead over Conroe for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Montgomery is in sixth place, three games back of Lufkin.
Lady Panthers fall to Oak Ridge
By JOSH HAVARD
The Lufkin Lady Panthers’ softball team raced out to a three-run lead but couldn’t hold on as they dropped a 7-6 decision to the Oak Ridge Lady Eagles in District 12-6A action in Conroe Wednesday night.
Lufkin held a 5-2 lead after four innings before Oak Ridge struck for four runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Eagles added a run in the sixth inning then held off a final Lufkin rally in preserving the win.
The Lady Panthers (5-4 in district) will close out the regular season on Friday night when they host The Woodlands Lady Highlanders at 6:30 p.m.
Lufkin, which has already wrapped up a playoff spot, would clinch third place in the district with a win or a Montgomery loss against Oak Ridge.