Panthers fall again to Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge’s Jacory Boudreaux held the Panthers’ bats in check in pitching a complete game and also delivered the pop at the plate as the War Eagles completed a season sweep with a 3-1 win over Lufkin in District 12-6A action at Morris Frank Park on Friday night.
Boudreaux allowed a single earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in the complete game effort. At the plate, he delivered a pair of singles, including an RBI hit in the seventh inning. He also scored the War Eagles’ first two runs.
His efforts were enough to offset a solid outing from Lufkin’s Kolton Eberlan, who pitched a complete game of his own. He allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk to go along with four strikeouts.
That left Lufkin with some work ahead of itself in order to clinch a spot in the postseason in the final week of the regular season.
With the pitchers in control for most of the night, the War Eagles took advantage of a pair of Lufkin miscues to provide their early offense.
In the first inning, a potential inning-ending groundout went through a fielder’s legs, allowing Boudreaux to score the first run of the game.
The Panthers didn’t take long to tie up the game as Clayton Gesford started the second inning with a single and Tanner Green drew a walk. Adam Holden blooped a single that landed just in front of a diving left fielder, allowing Gesford to score the tying run.
Oak Ridge once again didn’t take long to answer with the help of another Lufkin error.
With one out and a runner on first, the Panthers appeared to force out a runner at second. However, the umpire ruled Lufkin’s second baseman didn’t hold on to the ball long enough to get the forceout.
Oak Ridge’s Tyler Davis took advantage of the error with an RBI single that gave the War Eagles a 2-1 lead.
It was all Boudreaux from there as he retired the final 11 batters of the game. He also delivered his own insurance run with a sharply hit RBI single to right that made the score 3-1 in the seventh inning.
Holden led Lufkin’s offense with a single and an RBI while Dillon McDuffie, Clayton Gesford and Dillon McDuffie each had a single.
Oak Ridge hitters were Boudreaux (2 singles, RBI), Steven Spoon (2 singles), Davis (single, RBI) and Gage Grissom (single).
Lufkin (13-13, 5-8) will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts The Woodlands for Senior Night at 6 p.m.
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