The Southern Middle School baseball team used a dominating performance from pitcher Levi Strader and did plenty of work at the plate to roll to a 12-2 victory against in-county rival Northern Thursday.
Strader tossed a complete-game five hitter and gave up two earned runs, while striking out 14. Strader struck out the side in each of the first three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Peyton Smith’s one-out line drive up the middle.
Strader also had a big game at the dish, reaching base in all four plate appearances, with three hits, a double and three RBIs.
The Panthers broke through in the second inning with three runs, all coming after two outs.
Paxson Tuck, Strader and Austin Fox each had RBI singles in the second.
Southern padded its lead with three more in the third inning and put the game away with five in the seventh inning.
Seth Oakley finished 3-for-5, including an RBI double in the seventh.
Tuck drove in three runs and scored twice, while Tyler Leogrande had a pair of hits, including an RBI single up the middle in the third.
Fox and Dillon England were each 2-for-5, while Noah Sullivan and Carter Stacey added hits.
After a slow start with the bat, Northern got on the board in the sixth inning.
Bryce Thaxton singled up the middle to start the inning and centerfielder Julian Crawley followed with a double in the left-field gap. Cleanup hitter Lee Russell got a basehit up the middle to score Thaxton and Drake Horner drove in the Raiders’ second run with a groundout to short that brought home Crawley.
Casey Oakes also singled in the fifth inning.
Late charge lifts SMS past Stanford
Southern led early and erupted in the late innings for a huge 17-8 victory against traditional OPAC heavyweight Stanford Tuesday on the road.
The Panthers led 2-0 after three innings before combining for 15 runs in the final three innings.
Collin Hurdle led the Panthers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Seth Oakley and William Ragan each drove in three runs, while Fox was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Carter Stacey and Tyler Leogrande each had two hits, while Dillon England, Noah Sullivan and Levi Stader rounded out Southern’s 16 total hits.
Stacey pitched into the sixth inning and got the win after striking out six and giving up six hits and six earned runs.
England finished out the final two innings, surrendering two runs on three hits.