Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley pitcher Ty Knight had an up and down day in the Panthers 11-6 win over Tupelo in the Sulphur Tournament on Friday.
The senior allowed only one run and struck out 10 batters on the day. But he walked or hit 11 other batters and then didn’t get much help from the defense with several errors. In the end, Knight and the Panthers got the outs when they needed them as they advanced on the consolation side of the bracket.
Pauls Valley struck first in the top half of the opening inning. Knight walked to start the game and Drake O’Bryant doubled him one on the first pitch he saw. With one out, Daniel Brown walked and a ground out by Treston Williams put runners at second and third. Cody Ward reached on an error scoring both runs for a 3-0 PV lead.
Tupelo got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Two errors and two walks allowed both runs to cross the plate cutting PV’s lead to 3-2.
Austin Foxworth started off the second with a walk. Knight would then reach on an error to put runners on at the corners. Foxworth would score on O’Bryant’s ground out and Knight would score on David Flores double. Brown’s hard hit ball to left scored Flores as PV took a 6-2 lead.
Tupelo would bounce right back with two runs in the bottom half of the second. Back-to-back one out walks would come around to score on the only hit of the game b HD Bolland as the Tigers cut the lead to 6-4.
Knight doubled to start the fourth and scored on Flores single.
Tupelo would added two more runs in the fifth off a walk and an error to make the game interesting.
PV would respond in the sixth as O’Bryant was hit with a pitch and Flores singled him around to third. Brown hard hit to center was bobbled and both runners scored to give PV an 9-6 cushion.
Colten Wimberly doubled to start the seventh and scored on Knight grounder past the short stop. O’Bryant would single home Knight as took an 11-6 lead.
Tupelo would load the bases in the seventh off three walks but PV got out of the inning without anyone crossing home plate for a five run win.
PV had seven hits on the day with Flores leading the way with three of them. O’Bryant added two and Knight and Wimberly had one each.
PV is back in action Monday at home with WW.