Curtis, Panthers hold off Foard Tigers
The Hibriten Panthers and starting pitcher John Curtis could not overcome a shaky first inning, losing to the Foard Tigers 4-3 in Lenoir on Friday night.
Curtis tied a season high with 16 strikeouts, while giving up only three hits, but the top of the first told the story. Foard sent eight batters to the plate in the inning, getting four runs on only two hits, two walks and two costly Panther errors.
Hibriten (3-3, 1-2 NW 3A-4-A) responded in the bottom of the first. Colton Henthorne reached on a walk and moved to second on Elijah Watson’s single to right. Both runners move up a base on a wild pitch and scored on a Carson Poarch double to center field. Poarch later scored on a Tiger infield error.
Curtis then settled down, but the 4-3 score after one inning would be the final score. Curtis struck out the side in the third, fourth and sixth innings. His fastball and change-up held the Tiger batters at bay for the rest of the game. He walked batters in the second and fifth, while giving up only one hit after the first inning.
Hibriten threatened to score in the bottom half of the third. Andrew Robertson and Grayham Austin singled, and Drew Bolick was hit by an Austin Godfrey pitch to load the bases, but a ground out ended the rally.
Bolick opened the bottom of the sixth with a towering double to right-center, forcing Foard coach Channon Vogel to lift starting pitcher, Austin Godfrey in favor of Tyler Dickins. Dickins retired the next three batters and then struck out all three Panthers batters in the bottom of the seventh.
The Panthers out-hit the Tigers seven to three, but Hibriten left eight runners on base, six in scoring position.
Hibriten returns to action Tuesday as the Hickory Red Tornadoes come to Lenoir.
The Hibriten JV team defeated Foard 7-1. Michael Davis was the winning pitcher, Davis gave up two hits while striking out six. Davis was 3 for 3 at the plate and Aaron Moore was 2 for 2, two home runs and 5 RBI’s.
Foard^400^000^0 - 4-3-2
Hibriten^300^000^0 - 3-7-2
Winning pitcher: Austin Godfrey. Losing pitching: John Curtis.