The Lewis County High School Panthers opened the 2019 season with a 4-1 win over district matchup, Camden on Monday, March 18 on the local field.
Cameron Cotham got the win as he pitched 15 strikeouts, giving up 3 hits and allowing 3 walks.
Ortiz, Feitchinger, Moseley and A.T. Brewer crossed the plate for 1 run each. Barnes, Webb and Carroll had an RBI each. Connecting with the ball for hits were Webb, Benson, Feitchinger and Brewer.
The Panthers participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament held March 14 and 15 in Loretto at St. Joseph Ballpark.
The Panthers kicked off the tournament with a game against Loretto on March 14. Lewis County suffered a 7-2 loss.
Loretto Mustangs scored one run each in the first and second inning. The score remained 2-0 throughout the third inning. The Panthers answered with two of their own in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs added 5 to their final score.
Cameron Cotham, Zac Benson, Mikey Ortiz and Ethan Lindsey shared the mound for the Panthers.
Ortiz scored 1 run. Blake Carroll and Benson had 2 hits. Benson slammed 2 RBIs and 1 homerun.
The second game of the tournament saw Lewis County suffering a 7-2 loss with a team from Wilson, Alabama.
The Panthers had trouble getting their bats going the first two innings. Their 2 runs came in the third inning of the game.
Benson, Ortiz and Jerrid Runions took the mound for the Panthers.
The Panthers 2 runs were scored by Carroll and Ortiz.
The local boys ended the tournament with a 5-5 tie against Middle Tennessee Christian on March 15.
Each team scored 1 run each in the first inning. Lewis County was hot at the plate, scoring 4 runs in the second inning for a 5-1 lead, but had difficulty scoring the remainder of the game. Middle Tennessee Christian picked up 3 runs in the top of the fifth.
Slade Moseley, Brody Whitlow and Maddox Cagle shared the Panther mound.
Hitting for the Panthers were Ortiz, Benson and Kael Feitchinger, 2 each, and Carroll, Brogan Barnes, Cameron Cotham and Ethan Lindsey had 1 each. One run each was scored by Ortiz, Denton Webb, Feitchinger, Lindsey and Moseley. Ortiz hit 4 RBIs and Benson 1.
The Panthers next six games will be on the road. The team traveled to Waverly Tuesday, March 19. They will be competing in the Jim Painter Class at Columbia March 21-22, playing Columbia Central, Independence and Spring Hill. They will travel to Stewart County for a game at 1 p.m. March 25, then on to Creekwood March 26 for a 7 p.m. game.