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Panthers and Scorpions advance in City League tournament – ​​The Tri-City Record

Panthers and Scorpions advance in City League tournament – ​​The Tri-City Record

Renegades eliminated after second loss in postseason tournament

Frackers pitcher Alejandro Hernandez-Carillo misses the throw at home plate, allowing Scorpions 18U’s Sebastian Delgado to slide and score in the first inning on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at Ricketts Park. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

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FARMINGTON – The 505 Panthers and Farmington Scorpions 18U teams continued the FABC City League tournament on Tuesday and are the only two teams that have not lost a game this week at Ricketts Park.

The 505 Panthers continued their dominance over Next Level 4C, beating the club for the third time without conceding a goal by a score of 13-0. The Panthers advance to the third round of the city tournament and will face the Scorpions in the second half of a Wednesday doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. at Ricketts Park.

In the second game on Tuesday, the Scorpions were the surprise package, handing the Frackers their second consecutive loss. The Scorpions beat the Frackers by a final score of 4-3, despite leading 4-0 at the start of the game.

The Frackers, who have lost just twice in the regular season and postseason, will look to get back on track when they face Next Level on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Next Level 4C vs 505 Panthers

The Panthers quickly cornered Next Level pitcher Blake Spencer, sent eight batters to bat and scored two runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Mason Courtney opened the inning with an infield single and came home two batters later to score when Trace Garrison hit a single to right field.

Spencer had control issues after the two-out run, walked the next three batters, and brought in Garrison, who scored the second run of the inning.

Next Level first baseman Trae Woods catches a pop-up foul ball near the dugout against 505 Panthers in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at Ricketts Park. (Curits Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

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Spencer lasted just one inning in the game, but next level relief pitcher McKell Colbert didn’t fare much better in the second inning. The Panthers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits. The inning was highlighted by a line drive to the opposite field by Garrison, who scored his second hit of the game with a two-run triple.

The Panthers struck the knockout in the bottom of the fourth inning after scoring five runs on three hits and again sending ten batters to the plate. Alijah Aranda struck the devastating blow with his second double of the night, scoring two runs for the Panthers.

Panthers pitcher JW Bayless kept Next Level quiet for most of the evening by relying on control of his fastball followed by a devastating curveball. In 3⅔ innings, Bayless allowed just three hits, struck out five and kept Next Level off the scoreboard.

Scorpions vs Frackers

Frackers pitcher Alejandro Hernandez-Carillo had trouble controlling his pitches early on, walking two batters and striking out one, loading the bases twice to start the first inning.

Frackers pitcher Drew Perez reaches to throw a pitch to Scorpions 18U’s Declan Mattison in the third inning on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Ricketts Park. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

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Sebastian Delgado, who entered the field on an error by Fracker right fielder Kale Watson, scored the game’s first run after a wild pitch slipped past catcher Kaleb Thornburg, giving the Scorpions the early lead.

After just one inning, Hernandez-Carillo was relieved by Dalton Wilmer, who also ran into trouble early. Wilmer did not survive the second inning, allowing five Scorpion batters to reach base in a row, allowing two runs on four hits without getting an out. Delgado and Wyatt Boognl provided the RBI hits to keep the pressure on the Frackers.

Scorpion pitcher Trystin King relied on his defense, threw his pitch on contact and made short work of the Frackers in the first two innings, allowing no hits and only two baserunners.

Scorpions 18U pitcher Trystin King throws a fastball to the Frackers’ Alexis Hernandez-Carillo in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Ricketts Park. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

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Perez took the mound for the Frackers and stemmed the bleeding by striking out five of his first eight batters, taking advantage of the speed of his fastball. Perez helped his cause in the second half of the third inning by hitting a high-chopping single that sailed over Scorpion third baseman Eli Edmiston, scoring two runs and building momentum.

Perez and King engaged in a pitching duel over the next three innings that stalled both offenses. Perez relied on the strikeout, collecting 11 in 3⅔ innings while allowing just one hit. King used his pitch arsenal to keep the Frackers from making hard contact and didn’t allow a hit since the bottom of the third inning.

The Scorpions ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning after Watson hit a single to right field and Alexis Hernandez-Carillo and Perez loaded the bases with two outs. Uriel Castro hit a line drive to left field and Watson had no trouble getting home, but Scorpions left fielder Declan Mattison made a precise throw to home plate, striking out Alexis Hernandez-Carrillo for the game’s final out.