By Taylor Grafft
The Independent Sports
GATESVILLE — The Liberty Hill Panthers Baseball team picked up their third win in district play after dominating Gatesville in a easy road win, 13-2. The team will now focus on their next game when they travel to Llano on Friday, April 4, to take on the Yellowjackets.
The game against Gatesville was rescheduled to Saturday at 1 p.m. after inclement weather caused the original date of Friday, March 28 to be canceled.
In their game against Gatesville, Cody Remore led the Panthers through his offensive explosion at the plate and dominant pitching in relief. Remore finished 3-for-5 at the plate with four runs batted in and a run scored.
In relief, Remore pitched four innings and struck out four batters. He allowed no runs on three hits and zero walks.
The Panthers are now 16-5 overall and 3-1 in district play. Tomorrow’s game against Llano will be the last district game of round one for the Panthers before they start round two against Brownwood on Tuesday, April 8.
Starting pitcher Marshall Brown picked up the win after pitched three innings and struck out an impressive six batters. Brown allowed two runs on two hits.
Several other Liberty Hill Panther players had strong outings at the plate. Conner Thompson finished 2-for-5 at the plate with a triple and single, and drove in two runs, while scoring two runs himself. Slater Foust finished 3-for-4 from the plate with one runner batted in, a run scored, and a walk.
Tristan Heidelberg and Travis Gipson each finished with an RBI and two runs scored. Colby Schmidt finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and drew two walks.
Tyler Vickers finished 1-for-3 at the plate and drew two walks. Vickers also finished with two stolen bases and a run scored.
The Panthers took an early 3-0 lead after four innings. Heidelberg hit a sacrifice fly to score Foust for the Panthers’ first run in the first inning. Jason Reeves was able to come home and score the Panthers’ second run in the third inning, when Gipson grounded out to second base. The Panthers’ third run was scored when Vickers advanced home on a throw to second.
Brown ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning and allowed the Hornets to bring the game within one run, 3-2. Remore was able to come in relief help the Panthers get out of the inning to preserve the lead.
In the top of the fifth inning the Panthers bats lit up. Liberty Hill scored five runs in the fifth inning to jump out to an 8-2 lead. Schmidt started off the inning with a leadoff double. Gipson then drove in Schmidt in his at-bat after singling to center on a hard grounder. Thompson then tripled to drive in Gipson and a pinch runner. The Panthers could have scored more runs in the inning, but the Hornets were able to finally get that third out and prevent any more damage.
The Panthers scored three more runs in the sixth inning. Remore’s two-run double scored Gipson and Thompson to put the Panthers up 10-2. Foust then singled to left to score Remore.
The Panthers added a little more insult to injury in the seventh inning when they scored two more runs to finish 13-2.
Heidelberg scored on a fielder’s choice to put the first run of the inning on the scoreboard. Garrett Wright then scored on a RBI single by Remore to score the Panthers’ 13th run.
First pitch for the Liberty Hill-Llano game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Llano.