Odessa, TX – In a game that decided the District 2-6A Championship, Permian pushed the contest into two extra innings but it was Frenship that came away with the 12-11 decision on Tuesday at McCanlies Field.
When you have two of the top teams in district battling it out for the title, committing six errors in the field through the first four innings most certainly put you at a disadvantage. Heading into the fifth frame, the Panthers found that out after trailing 11-6. In a twist of fate, Mojo overcame that deficit in the next three innings to deadlock the contest at the end of regulation play.
Frenship opened the game converting two walks, a three-run RBI triple by Hudson Hutcheson, and two errors into a quick 4-0 lead. Permian would respond with four of its own. The Panthers collected the first two off of an RBI double by Caleb Boswell. Callen Warren belted out an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3. Mojo would continue the at-bat to fill the bases, leading to a walk that knotted the contest at 4-4.
Permian forced four Tigers batters into three infield outs in the second frame. Taking care of the bottom half of the inning, Xavier Melendez got on base courtesy of a walk and Boswell followed with a single. Warren ripped out a two-run RBI base hit to push the Panthers’ lead to 6-4 after two innings of play.
The third and fourth frames witnessed Frenship gain an 8-6 advantage with the assistance of a Hutcheson RBI double, and then the Tigers built onto that with an 11-6 lead through the four innings of play. After a silent fifth stanza for both teams, Melendez led off with a solo shot over the left field fence to have Permian trailing by four. Bullpens became active and sophomore Hayden Ramage took over pitching duties for the Panthers. He would limit the Tigers to two hits during his five innings on the hill.
With their backs to the wall, the Black Cats were able to even the tally in the bottom of the seventh. Sebastian Bravo sent a line drive shot to right field to plate a run to narrow the difference to 11-8. Melendez, in a return visit to the plate, hammered another shot over that same left field fence – this time for a three-run homer – to knot the game at 11-11. The Black Cats had recovered from the five-run deficit induced from the early errors.
In the first extra frame, neither ball team could gain the upper hand to force the contest into the ninth inning. The Tigers plated a run on Brady Boles’ two-out RBI double to left centerfield to now possess a one run edge. That would be good enough as Frenship held on for the 12-11 decision to secure the District 2-6A title with the win.
Permian is currently on a four-game skid that includes being swept by Midland Legacy, which has won the last five games. The Rebels and Panthers are currently tied with matching 12-5 district records. Legacy owns the tiebreaker for the second seed. Both will likely face one of three possibles out of El Paso’s District 1-6A (Pebble Hills, Eastwood, or Montwood) in the Bi-District Round of the state playoffs.. San Angelo Central will open post-season traveling to El Paso Americas.
|ON THE SCOREBOARD|
| WP – C Estill | LP – G McKay