Landmark got on the board first, pushing a run across the plate in the bottom of the second inning. Brooks Austin doubled to open the inning and then B. Baggett singled to left putting runners on first and third with one out. Scott Smith singled to left, scoring Austin.
Chapel HIll tied the game in the top of the third inning at 1-1. Jason Rodriquez reached base on a walk and was sacrificed to second by Brett Roberts. Rodriquez reached third on a passed ball and then scored on an MJ Rookard groundout to second.
Both starting pitchers then settled in for the long haul, throwing shutout inning after shutout inning. Rookard started for the Panthers and allowed only the one earned run of of four hits, over five innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.
Baggett threw six innings for Landmark, allowing one earned run off of two hits. He struck out five and walked two.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Eric Lloyd took the mound for Chapel Hill and he was not greeted kindly. Landmark pushed four runs across the plate in the half inning. Lloyd threw one-third of the inning, allowing three earned runs off of two hits and walking one. Rodriquez threw the final 2/3 of the inning. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.
Austin took the mound for Landmark in the top of the seventh and Chapel Hill began their comeback bid. Ryan Moffett led off the seventh with a walk and Phillips singled to left. Rodriquez then reached on an error, loading the bases. Roberts then hit into a double play, but Moffett scored on the play. After Rookard walked, Triston Leggett reached on an error, scoring Phillips. With runners on second and third, and two outs, Brandon Whiteford struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
Austin allowed one earned run off of one hit and two walks in the seventh. He struck out one.
Chapel HIll’s offense struggled in the game, managing only three hits. Tritt led the team with a 1-for-3 performance. He had the only extra base hit. Leggett went 1-for-4 and Phillips was 1-for-3.
Austin led the Landmark offense with the only multiple hit performance on the evening. He was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Luella at Douglas County
Douglas County fell to Luella 12-0 Wednesday evening in a five inning mercy rule shortened game. Luella scored nine runs in the third inning to put the game away.
Logan Tillem and Dylan Wilkie picked up the only hits for DC, both singles.
Tillem picked up the loss on the mound after throwing 2-2/3 innings. Payton Myers and David Ihrig also threw in the game. Myers got the team out of the third inning and Ihrig threw the final two innings of the game.
Tyler Jackson picked up the win for Luella. Terrance Worthy, John Goodman and Brandon Buttler led the visitors with two hits apiece.