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North Clayton stops Forest Park

By Phil Albert

Special to The Daily

Forest Park continued its winless season and North Clayton opened a three-game homestand with a 7-2 victory over the visiting Panthers Wednesday afternoon in Region 4-AAAA baseball action.

While North Clayton only managed seven hits against the Panthers, it was wildness and sun/shade difficulties that hampered the Panthers.

North Clayton (8-7, 4-5) scored six runs on three hits between the third and fifth innings, taking advantage of pitching wildness and throwing errors by the Panthers.

"We came out flat at the plate," Eagle coach Doug Henry said after the win. "We picked things up later in the game. I'm not disappointed in our play overall, but I am disappointed in our hitting."

Mike Kitchens had two of the seven Eagle hits. He also reached base on a hit-batsman. He had an RBI and scored two runs.

Forest Park (0-14) opened the scoring in the first inning as Demetrius Springfield scored on an error.

The Eagles tied the game in the secBy Phil Albert

Special to The Daily

Forest Park continued its winless season and North Clayton opened a three-game homestand with a 7-2 victory over the visiting Panthers Wednesday afternoon in Region 4-AAAA baseball action.

While North Clayton only managed seven hits against the Panthers, it was wildness and sun/shade difficulties that hampered the Panthers.

North Clayton (8-7, 4-5) scored six runs on three hits between the third and fifth innings, taking advantage of pitching wildness and throwing errors by the Panthers.

"We came out flat at the plate," Eagle coach Doug Henry said after the win. "We picked things up later in the game. I'm not disappointed in our play overall, but I am disappointed in our hitting."

Mike Kitchens had two of the seven Eagle hits. He also reached base on a hit-batsman. He had an RBI and scored two runs.

Forest Park (0-14) opened the scoring in the first inning as Demetrius Springfield scored on an error.

The Eagles tied the game in the secBy Phil Albert

Special to The Daily

Forest Park continued its winless season and North Clayton opened a three-game homestand with a 7-2 victory over the visiting Panthers Wednesday afternoon in Region 4-AAAA baseball action.

While North Clayton only managed seven hits against the Panthers, it was wildness and sun/shade difficulties that hampered the Panthers.

North Clayton (8-7, 4-5) scored six runs on three hits between the third and fifth innings, taking advantage of pitching wildness and throwing errors by the Panthers.

"We came out flat at the plate," Eagle coach Doug Henry said after the win. "We picked things up later in the game. I'm not disappointed in our play overall, but I am disappointed in our hitting."

Mike Kitchens had two of the seven Eagle hits. He also reached base on a hit-batsman. He had an RBI and scored two runs.

Forest Park (0-14) opened the scoring in the first inning as Demetrius Springfield scored on an error.

The Eagles tied the game in the second. Kitchens singled and later scored on a ground out by Justin Brown. Chase Metts reached on an infield single. A wild pitch and a throwing error by the Panther catcher moved Metts to third. Walks to Vincent Faison and Darien Taylor loaded the bases, but Cedric Singletary struck out to end the inning.

The Eagles took a 3-1 lead in the third without the benefit of a hit. Brandon Nicholson walked, stole second and went to third on a catcher's throwing error. He scored on a wild pitch. Darius Harper walked, stole second and went to third on the wild pitch. He scored on a ground out by Kitchens. Chip Washington also walked and advanced to third on a stolen base and wild pitch but was stranded.

The Panthers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth. Kyle Nelson was hit by a pitch and Deville Drayton doubled. Nelson was thrown out at third. Keith Booker had an infield single and Darrius Jackson's ground out scored Drayton.

The Eagles broke open the game in the fifth, scoring four runs. Kichens, Metts and Khalil Stinson scored on wild pitches. Metts' single scored Washington.

The Panthers threatened in the sixth, loading the bases on two walks and a hit-batsman and chasing starting pitcher Kevin Middlebrooks. But Booker popped out on a 3-1 count to end the inning against reliever Chris Nutter.

"It's a big region win for us," Henry added. "Kevin kept the ball around the strike zone and that's important for us. Our pitchers need to keep throwing strikes. Our defense really made the plays today, and we need that to continue."

North Clayton plays two more region contests at home today and Friday. The Eagles host Mt. Zion in a rescheduled game today and host Griffin on Friday.