Laettner Greenhill pitched a two-hit shutout as the Lindale Eagles dealt the Lufkin Panthers’ district title hopes a blow with a 4-0 win in Lindale Tuesday night. Greenhill struck out six batters, walked four and only allowed a pair of Max Quick singles to hand the Panthers (17-6, 8-2) just their second district loss in 10 games. Meanwhile the Eagles (14-6, 7-3) pulled within a game of the Panthers for second place in District 16-5A. Corsicana (17-3, 10-0) took a 5-1 win over Whitehouse (14-9, 5-5) on Friday night to clinch at least a tie for the district championship.
Jamey Richey led Lindale’s hitting with two singles and an RBI while Kam Neely and Brad Burkel each had a pair of singles. That was enough for Lindale to scratch out a win against Kolten Eberlan, who took the loss on the mound for the Pack. He allowed four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in four innings. Christian Stephens and Dillon McDuffie each worked a shutout inning for the Panthers.
Lindale got on the board in the first inning when Kollin McCartney scored Bryce Dupree on a groundout. The Eagles added a pair of runs in the second inning on a Dupree squeeze bunt and a Richey RBI single, making it 3-0. Lindale closed out the scoring in the fourth when Preston Mize hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0. That was more than enough against Lufkin, which left a runner in scoring position in the first, second and fourth innings. The Panthers’ best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when Jonathan Dewberry and Luke Rowley walked, but they were left in scoring position after Greenhill induced a pair of flyouts.
Lufkin will take a break from district action later this week to take on perennial state powerhouse The Woodlands on Saturday afternoon. That game will take place at 2 p.m. at Texas Slam in Livingston.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season next week with a trip to Corsicana on April 26 and a home game against Jacksonville on April 29.