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Baseball jumped on Boone early and picked up a 7-3 victory to advance to the 2018 Regional Championship game

Baseball not done yet!
5/18/2018 8:49:00 PM

After enduring three days of torrential rain that postponed their Regional Semifinal game against Boone, DP Baseball punished the host Braves with seven runs in the first three innings and rode the talented arms of Cort Roedig and Mitchell Stockwell to a 7-3 victory. DP (17-13) seems to have a knack for rallying with two outs in the playoffs and this game was no exception. August Haymaker singled to left with two outs in the first inning and Will Sullivan punched a 1-2 pitch down the line in left for a double to drive in the game's opening run. The Panthers struck again with two outs in the second. Consecutive walks by Raymond Negron-Valero and Hamzah Nobles set the stage for Brandon Fields' RBI single to center that brought home Negron-Valero for a 2-0 lead. Will Sullivan didn't wait for two outs to extend the lead in third, however, as he blasted a 1-1 pitch deep over the right field wall to make it 3-0, but DP wasn't done. Walks to CJ Cantwell and Sebastian Oetterer sandwiched a single by Derek Arroyo and with one out, Raymond Negron-Valero ripped a single through the hole into left field to bring home Cantwell. Up 4-0, Hamzah Nobles got in on the action with a hard shot to short and beat the throw to first, scoring Arroyo and Oetterer, while Negron-Valero hustled to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Fields. With a a 7-0 lead, Cort Roedig continued to show why he's one of the top prospects in the nation as he allowed just one hit over four innings while striking out four before giving way to Mitchell Stockwell in the fifth. Stockwell was nearly perfect through two innings, allowing no hits with a walk and a strikeout. Boone put together a good rally in their final at-bat, scoring three runs in the seventh, but Logan Bryan slammed the door with a strikeout to end the game to send the Panthers to the Regional Championship for the first time since 2011. During the game, junior shortstop August Haymaker broke the school record for at-bats in a season with 104, eclipsing Brett Muhlhan's record of 102 set back in 1996 during DP's State Championship run. The Panthers will look to continue this year's drive Tuesday night at Lake Mary with the first pitch set for 7:00 pm.

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