Pauls Valley Democrat
The Pauls Valley Panthers prep baseball team stayed alive in state tournament action Thursday with a come from behind win over the Stigler Panthers in Weatherford.
The Panthers rallied from three runs down in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 win to stay alive and advance to Friday’s elimination round with Noble and Cameron.
After two quiet innings to start the game Stigler put three runs across the plate in the third inning. Four straight hits by Stigler that included back-to-back doubles gave them an early 3-0 lead.
Pauls Valley responded with a run of their own as Treston Williams singled and scored on Breydan Jackson’s single as PV cut the lead to 3-1.
Stigler added a run in the fifth off a three singles to take a 4-1 lead.
PV cut the lead down in the bottom half of the fifth. Tyler Butts drew a walk to start the inning on four straight pitches. Jackson would follow with a one out walk to put runners at first and second. Keegan Moore singled home Butts and Jackson scored on a balk call as PV cut the lead to 4-3.
Stigler looked to put the game away in the top of the sixth when they scored three runs off two singles, two walks, an error and two wild pitches as they grabbed a 7-3 lead.
PV got a run in the bottom of the sixth as Jeremy Sawyer walked and scored on Treston Williams double, his second of the game as PV cut the lead to 7-4.
Sawyer had and easy one-two-three inning in the top of the seventh to give the Panthers a shot.
In the bottom of the seventh, Moore got the Panthers going with a one-out single. Kaleb Galaviz added a second single to put runners on a first and second.
JT Starr hit a ball at the second baseman and the game looked to be over with a made to order double play. The Stigler second baseman looked up for a split second on the ground ball and when he looked down again the ball was on him and by him as all players reached safely to load the bases.
Matt Perry drew a walk on four straight pitches to score Moore and keep the bases loaded. Sawyer stepped to the plate and the first pitch he saw as a ball. The count moved to 2-2 when Sawyer got the ball he liked and drove it over the head of the right fielder and to the wall.
Galaviz scored easily from third and Starr raced around the third and scored as Perry was hot on his heels running from first. All three runs scored giving PV an 8-7 win and keeping them alive for one more day as the state tournament is down to the final four.
Treston Williams led the offense with two doubles and a single. Sawyer had two hits with three RBI’s including the game winner. Moore also had two singles for the only other player with multiple hits in the game.
Butts and Sawyer was the combination for Pauls Valley on the mound. Butts pitched five strong innings giving up four runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked no one but did hit two batters.
Sawyer gave up three runs on two hits to get the win. He walked two and struck out four of the last five batters he faced in his two innings of work.
PV played Noble on Friday night with the winner facing Cameron for a chance to advance to Saturday’s finals with the Weatherford Majors.