February 11, 2019 - The Panola Ponies traveled to Beeville, TX to take on the Coastal Bend Cougars. The weather all weekend was chilly and at times misty, but that didn’t stop the Ponies from winning another series.
Game 1- Friday’s opener started out slow for the visiting Ponies. Coastal Bend was able to jump out to an early 3-0 start due to some defense miscues from the Ponies. That was all the Cougars would score though. Sophomore RHP Jarret Whorff (Winnsboro, TX) was able to give the Ponies 5 solid innings on the mound and gave up 0 earned runs. Whorff gave the offense a chance to get back in the game and they took it over. Cam Sibley (Dutchtown, LA), Austin Bost (Groves, TX), and Raphael LeBlanc (Quebec, Canada) all posted multiple hits and multiple RBI’s. The Ponies outscored the Cougars 11-0 after the first inning and ended up winning in a shortened game due to run-rule by a score of 11-3.
Game 2- The opening game of Saturday’s double header would be the first Panola loss of the season. Similar to the first game, Panola spotted the cougars several runs off errors and it ended up being too much for the Ponies to overcome. Starter Tyler Davis (Houston, TX) battled on the mound and gave the Ponies everything he had for 5 innings only giving 1 earned run. Bost posted another 3 hit game for Panola. The Ponies drop game 2 of the series 6-3.
Game3- Panola bounced back to take the finale of the 3 game set. Hayden Collins (Cypress, TX) got his first collegiate start on the mound and had Sophomores Zach Goree (Woden, TX) and Chris Edwards (Garrison, TX) come in behind him to shut down the Cougars. Freshman outfielder Cameron Stansbury (Groves, TX) and SO outfielder Joe Stevens (Gonzales, LA) led the way offensively each with multiple hits and multiple RBI’s. Panola won game 3 by a score of 7-3.
The Ponies moved to 8-1 on the season and will be back in Mississippi as Panola takes on Kaskaskia, Co-Lin, and Hinds in a 2 day round robin style format.