By Doug Gorman
The Forest Park Panthers didn't waste any time recovering from Monday afternoon's heartbreaking loss to Sandy Creek.
Less than 24 hours after the Region 4-AAAA loss, the Panthers found the cure for their disappointing feelings ? a 5-3 victory against non-region opponent Stone Mountain in a game played at Forest Park.
The victory sends Forest Park into spring break with a 11-4 overall record, and puts Panthers' head coach Quinton King in a better mood.
"It was good to get the win going into the holiday," he said. "I think we need a break. When we return we hit the second half of the region season."
Forest Park resumes play Monday at home against Woodward Academy with a 4-4 region record.
Despite Tuesday's victory, the Panthers' offense was again quiet as it managed just three hits en route to the victory.
Two of the most crucial hits came in the form of back-to-back home runs in the third. Isaiah Froneberger ripped a three-run shot in inning to push the Panthers' lead to 4-1.
B.J. McKinney followed Froneberger to the plate and teed off on the first pitch, sending it over the fence for a 5-1 lead.
Before the home runs, all of the Panthers base runners had come in the form of hit batters, walks and Stone Mountain errors.
The Panthers scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when DeMontez Lockett led off the inning by getting hit with a pitch. He stole second and Isaiah Froneberger moved him over to third on a sacrifice. He scored the first run of the game when McKinney reached on an error from Stone Mountain's right fielder.
Stone Mountain, which is coached by former Riverdale coach Kelcey White, tied the game in the bottom of the second inning when Montrael Williams doubled.
The Pirates scored single runs in the fourth and seventh to round out the scoring.
With two Pirate runners on base and the tying run at the plate, Josh Froneberger, who entered the game in relief, struck out Reggie Smith to end the game.
Forest Park's only other base hit came in the fifth when Cody Garner singled.
Those home runs were really big," King said. "We haven't been hitting the ball very well. Hopefully when we get back that will change."