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Junior Jacob Hartman slides into third against Bishop Moore (2018)

Baseball trips up in District final
5/4/2018 11:49:00 PM

Friday's District Baseball Championship saw DP and Boone exchange leads four times but the second-seeded Braves came back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Panthers, 8-7. DP (15-13) jumped on Boone quickly with three runs in the top of the first when Hamzah Nobles singled to lead off the game, scored on a balk two batters later and Will Sullivan belted a two-run bomb over the right field fence to put the Panthers up, 3-0. Boone responded with a run in the bottom of the first but DP got it back when Jacob Hartman led off the second inning by jacking a 1-2 pitch out of the park for his first home run of the season. Not to be outdone, Boone counter-punched in the bottom of the second with five more runs, aided by threee walks, four singles and a hit batsman. With the lead now back to Boone, 6-4, DP pulled within a run when Brandon Fields reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and stole home for his 30th stolen base of the season which broke Ron Columbo's record that stood for 24 years. Both teams' bats went dormant for a few innings until the sixth when DP did all their damage with two outs. After Jacob Hartman walked, pinch hitter Diego Garcia-Chirinos ripped a single into left field and Raymond Negron-Valero walked on four pitches to load the bases. After a pitching change, senior Hamzah Nobles delivered a two-run double down the left field line that scored Jacob Hartman and courtesy runner James Hurst with the go-ahead runs. With new-found momentum, DP took their one run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning but Boone had enough life left to put together their game-winning rally. After a one-out walk, a double into the left field gap tied the game at 7-7. DP intentionally walked the next batter to set up a force play but a wild pitch in the next at-bat forced them into another intentional walk that loaded the bases. The strategy worked as the next batter bounced to third and Hamzah Nobles threw home for the force out. Unfortunately, with two outs and the bases loaded, Boone's next batter worked the count full and drew another walk, this time unintentional, that brought home the game-winning run. The loss sends the Panthers on the road to start the Regional Tournament where they'll battle Lake Brantley Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.

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