Late-inning rally propels Pack to first win

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 22, 2014




The Washington baseball team finally walked off Futrell Field with a victory on Friday night, defeating Northside, 8-6.

Two right-handers took to the bump with Northside Ryan Arthur and Washington’s Patrick Thompson going strikeout-for-strikeout through the first five innings in a proverbial pitchers dual.

Thompson was lights out through the first two frames, recording all six outs via the strikeout.

“Patrick did a great job,” said Washington manager Ryan Whitney. “He did what we expect out of him. He’s a good pitcher, and he was around the strike zone. They did a good job or working counts, but when he got ahead, he was very dominant.”

Thompson’s counterpart looked shaky early, administering a run in the first off a Trey Brunson single, an error at third base and a walk. Arthur settled down and shut the Pam Pack down over the next three frames.

The Northside bats remained silent, until a big two-out double to right field from Corbin Minor injected life into the lineup. Cole Baynor would later work his way on base and score the first run of the game for the Panthers from an error.

Then, in the sixth inning, it all came apart for the Panthers’ pitching staff. The Washington offense erupted with singles by Brunson, Thompson and a game-changing triple over the head of the center fielder from Logan Winshal, along with a handful of walks. When the dust cleared, the Pam Pack had posted seven runs in the inning.

“We tried to comeback,” said Northside manager Gil Robbins. “The guys didn’t give up, and I’m proud of them for that. We feel like we could have won just as easily as we lost. At the end, they were pressed a little bit. They gave us some opportunities and I felt like the guys battled, we just weren’t quite there.”

Despite the overwhelming seven-run lead the Pam Pack built in the previous inning, the Panthers stayed patient, worked the counts and forced three walks. An error in left field and a single from junior Adam Cahoon scored five runs in the seventh, but Northside couldn’t close.

“I’m proud of the guys and it felt good to get a win,” Whitney said.

The Pam Pack will try to pickup win No. 2 when they hit road for the first time in 20 days on Tuesday to face Southwest Edgecombe with a late start time of 7 p.m. Northside will play its fourth-consecutive road game on Tuesday at East Carteret.