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Porter holds off K-Park to remain undefeated in district

March 28, 2019

Kingwood Park lost a 5-4 decision to Porter in a District 20-5A game Tuesday night at Panthers field.

The Spartans (6-0) remain undefeated in district as the Panthers (3-3) moved to .500.

Head coach Bruce Cox would like to see the Panthers play a full seven innings to get back on track in district play.

“We’re too inconsistent to beat good teams right now,” Cox said. “They’re a good team, and we aren’t playing very well. I told my coaching staff it’s going to be a long night trying to figure stuff out. I take full responsibility, and we’re going to get after it tomorrow.”

The Panthers got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning when Tyler Boutot hit a RBI single.

The Spartans responded quickly in the top of the second with two runs.

Colby Christian hit a two-run double as Porter took a 2-1 lead.

The Spartans added three runs in the top third to take a 5-1 lead after a RBI single by Seth Sherlock and a 2-run double by Connor Westenburg.

The Panthers capitalized on Porter’s errors in the bottom of the third.

With the bases loaded the Panthers scored two runs after passed balls.

Kingwood Park’s Brandon Madden cut the Spartans lead to one after hitting a RBI single.

Those would be the last runners to score for the Panthers after leaving runners on second and third base with no outs in the inning.

Porter’s starting pitcher Zane Russel had three strikeouts to end the Panthers rally.

“Zane was good tonight,” Cox said. “I felt like we were right there and couldn’t get a break through at the end. A lot of that had to do with our competition at the plate. The momentum shifted and we had runners on second and third with no out. That’s just baseball and it shows you how things can quickly turn around.”

“We’re a really good baseball team and I believe that,” he added. “We just need to have consistently every time when we’re out here. We have been right there with every team. We aren’t playing the game pitch to pitch right now. We’re getting caught up in the scoreboard and a lot of other things. We have to focus and get back on track.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com