The Bullard Panthers remained unbeaten in the early 16-3A district baseball race, riding the no-hit arm of sophomore lefty, Zack Eschberger to a 10-0, win over Gladewater on Friday night at Bear Field.
Bullard (12-3; 2-0), out-hit the Bears 12-0 in the no-hitter and three doubles in a two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning spotted Bullard to a 10-0 advantage in the fifth and final inning, via the ten-run rule.
The Bears did not make it through the entire lineup twice in the mound gem which would have been a perfect outing if not for three Bullard errors.
Trevor Rumbelow lifted a high fly-ball to right field to bring home Bryant with the first run of the game.
The Bears had two runners reach base in the bottom of the inning on Panther errors, but Zack Eschberger began his roll on the mound retiring the side with two of his 12 strikeouts in the game.
The crafty left-handed sophomore, Eschberger struck out the side in the third inning and fifth innings, and struck-out, two-of-three in three of the other three innings in a complete game.
Bullard added two more runs in the second inning as Jacob Provencher started off with a single, followed Jesse Duplechin and Conner Mebane reaching base on bunts. Cody Goode walked to score a run before two wild pitches scored two more runs. Holden Bryant capped off the inning with an RBI-single and a 7-0, Bullard lead.
The third Panther error started off Gladewater in the third-inning, however Eschberger bucked down and struck-out the next two Bears to halt the inning.
The Panthers return to league play in Chapel Hill tonight.
Bullard 10, Gladewater 0
Bullard 124 03 - 10 12 3
Gladewater 000 00 - 0 0 0
Zack Eschberger and Conner Mebane. Ellis and Guthrie . W - Eschberger. L - Ellis. 2B – B: J.P. Hendrix, Haden Bryant, Trevor Rumbelow, . SB – B: Holden Bryant, Jesse Duplechin, Conner Mebane, Weston Gray. SAC – B: Trevor Rumbelow. G - Hart. LOB – B: 6. G: 2.
RECORDS – Bullard 12-3; 2-0. Gladewater 0-2.