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April 17, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: The race is on

Mabank beats Athens, 11-9, tied for first

MABANK — The district race is heating up with only two games remaining.

The Mabank Panthers found a way to force a two-way tie for first with the Athens Hornets following an 11-9 win at Panther Field on Tuesday.

The current standings have Athens and Mabank tied at 6-2, followed by Van at 5-3, Brownsboro at 3-5 and Mineola and Canton tied at 2-6.

Athens plays its last home game of the season with senior night tonight against Mineola.

The reason for the change is due to Athens ISD observing Good Friday.

They will finish out the regular season next Thursday night at Brownsboro due to STAAR Testing.

For Mabank, they will host Van tonight for senior night and finish out the season next Friday at Mineola.

On Tuesday, Mabank scored the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out rally.

With both teams tied at 9, the Panthers were able to load the bases.

Pearson Johannesen was able to reach on an error as Garrett Holcomb came around to score from third for the 10-9 lead.

On the throw, Corey Dyer came around to score to finish out the scoring.

Earlier in the game, the Panthers scored the first run as Adam Penix crossed the plate on an error with one out.

Athens (19-7-1) tied the game in the top of the second as the Hornets forced three consecutive walks to load the bases.

Garrett Conley then reached on an RBI fielder’s choice as Jesse Taylor came around to score.

The Hornets would take their first lead of the game as they scored three runs in the top of the third inning.

Lance Funkhouser hit into a sacrifice but was able to reach on an error by the catcher as Travis Takata came around to score.

Later in the inning, Daniel Mossberger hit into an RBI ground out as Adam Stallings scored for the 4-1 lead. Taylor then hit into a sacrifice fly scoring Funkhouser.

MHS would then take the lead scoring 10 runs in the final four innings.

The Panthers scored four runs in the fourth inning on two errors and a throw to home.

Leading the way for the Hornets was Conley — who went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Adam Stallings went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Takata went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

For Mabank, Ty Winklevoss went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Colt Conway went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Pearson Johannesen with 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Conley recorded the loss in relief as he allowed two runs on three hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.

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