BASEBALL: Panthers Slay Dragons
The Rugby Panthers needed a win before the big regional tournament. And a win they got against a familiar foe.
The Panthers (9-9 on the season, 6-3 in the region) defeated the Dunseith Dragons, 38-0, Tuesday at Northern Lights Field in Rugby. In a prior engagement this year, the Panthers defeated the Dragons, 25-0.
The Panthers were able to score seven runs in the first inning, and then 13 apiece in the second and third innings, going through their batting order. Their scoring runs ended with five in the fourth inning.
Offensively, three Panthers hit perfect games. Senior Eli Luna (Towner) was 5 for 5, with three runs and one RBI. Sophomore Anders Johnson was 4 for 4, with six runs, two walks and five RBI’s. Junior Blaine Rosencrans Towner was also 4 for 4, with five runs and two RBI’s.
Senior Eric Hooker, who went 4 for 5 with 4 runs and 2 RBI’s, was a big contributor with a double play and two triple plays.
At the mound, Johnson almost pitched a perfect game. He had 11 strikeouts and gave up only one hit.
The Region 5 Baseball Tournament opens Monday, May 18 in Harvey. The no. 1-seed Harvey-Wells County Hornets will have the first game at 11 a.m., the winner of Friday’s matchup between the Bottineau Braves and the Northern Lights Comets. The no.2-seed North Star Bearcats and the no.3-seed Panthers play at 1 p.m. The losers of the first two games will then face off in game 3 at 3 p.m., and the winners of the first two games will face each other in game 4 at 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, May 19, baseball action starts with the winner of game 3 going head-to-head with the loser of game 4 at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will then take on the winner of game 4 at 5 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 20, a seventh game is scheduled, if necessary, at 5 p.m.
– Tribune Staff Report
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