February 1, 2016 - The Panola College Baseball team opened there season on the road in Baton Rouge this past Saturday and Sunday for a 3 game series against BRCC and when the dust settled Panola would leave with the first sweep of the season. Taking game one by the score of 13-8, game two by 6-1, and game three 21-16.
There were 25 hits, including 10 extra base hits in game one. Hector Morales racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Panola. He homered in the third inning and singled in the fourth inning. Baton Rouge couldn't get anything going so long as Lance Ledoux was on the hill. Ledoux held Baton Rouge hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one. Panola never trailed after scoring nine runs in the third on a two-run double by Jordan Gore, a fielder's choice, a three-run home run by Morales, and two singles. Five runs in the bottom of the fifth helped Baton Rouge close its deficit to 10-5. A two-run home run by Laird, a bases loaded walk by Hodges, and a two-run single by Mouton fueled Baton Rouge's comeback. Finally, Colton Brasher got Mauldin to to end the threat. After pushing across one run in the bottom of the seventh, Baton Rouge faced just a 10-6 deficit. A wild pitch set off Baton Rouge rally. But, Jeff Holt got Bailey to strike out to end the inning. Panola piled on two more runs in the top of the ninth. The inning got off to a hot start when Chandler Morris tripled, bringing home Chad McKinney. A two-run ninth inning helped bring Baton Rouge within five. A fielder's choice and an RBI triple by Bailey gave Baton Rouge life. Holt ended the game by getting Hodges to ground out.
Panola College beat BRCC 6-1 in game two of the double header as Austin Sojka led the way collecting three hits.He singled in the first and third innings and doubled in the fourth inning. Tyler Powell shut down BRCC while he was on the hill. BRCC managed just one hit off of Powell, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his 2 1/3 innings of work. Panola went up for good in the first, then scoring 1 more in the second and third inning. Panola built upon its lead with three runs in the fourth. Jansen McCurdy kicked things off with a single, bringing home Chandler Morris. The lone run of the game for Baton Rouge crossed the plate in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Ourso.
Scoreboard operators were busy in game 3 on Sunday as Panola College and Baton Rouge combined for 37 runs, 37 hits, and 17 extra base hits. Panola eventually won the offensive battle 21-16. The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to 15 lead changes in the game. Panola pulled out the win thanks to a strong ninth inning. A ground-out by Colby Price scored Austin Sojka and gave Panola the lead for good. Panola hit three home runs in the win, Logan Bailey homered in the fifth inning, Chad McKinney homered in the eighth inning, and Chandler Morris homered in the ninth inning in what proved to be the game winner. Panola easily handled BRCC pitching as seven hitters combined for 20 hits, 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Five relief pitchers finished off the game for Panola. Erik Key faced 12 batters in relief, while Rusty Clower managed to record three outs to aid the victory. The bottom of the first saw BRCC take an early lead, 1-0. A double by Laird, bringing home Bailey started the inning off. It didn't take long for BRCC to respond as it scored four runs of its own in the fourth. Baton Rouge scored on a home run by Clostio. Bailey homered, part of a seven-run fifth inning for Panola College Spring 2016. Panola brought home one run in the seventh inning, and matched that run total in the eighth. In the seventh, Panola scored on a ground-out by Sojka, scoring Jansen McCurdy. BRCC answered Panola's top inning with one run of its own in the eighth. BRCC scored on a walk by Hodges. Panola never surrendered the lead after the ninth inning. The runs piled on thanks to grand slam homer run by Chandler Morris.