CARTHAGE 3, LORENA 1
MADISONVILLE — It seemed when Carthage starting pitcher Seth Smith got in the most trouble he did some of his best pitching Thursday night in Mustangs Stadium.
A runner at third with one out in the top of fourth and the senior right-hander struck out four straight Lorena Leopards to regain control of the Region III-4A quarterfinal game.
From there it was just the case of working a walk while batting in the bottom of the sixth that turned out to be the eventual winning run as the No. 6 Bulldogs took Game 1 of a best-of-three series 3-1 over Lorena.
After several changes, Game 2 is now set for Emory Rains High School at 5 p.m. Friday with Game 3 to follow if necessary because of the possibility of rain.
Carthage went up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Baylor Colle singled, moved up to second on Mackenson Bobo's single and advanced to third on a passed ball. He scored on Mason Bobo's sacrifice fly to the wall in center.
The Bulldogs scored two insurance runs in the sixth when Smith walked and his courtesy runner advanced on a walk to
Brandon McNeely. A grounder moved the runners to second and third and they both scored when the first baseman couldn't hold on to a bad throw from shortstop.
Smith (9-0) got the first two runners in the seventh, but the Leopards wrapped two errors around a double down the left-field line to make it 3-1 with two outs and two on.
But Smith got the final batter on a short fly to right.
WHITE OAK 6, ATLANTA 1
GARY — White Oak left-harder Micah Gibson threw a two-hitter, and the Roughnecks got to the Atlanta bullpen in the seventh inning to spoil a solid start by Atlanta's Hunter Allen.
Gibson needed 108 pitches to go the distance, stranding a runner at third to end the game as White Oak won Game 1 of the Region II-3A quarterfinal baseball series with a 6-1 victory Thursday at Bobcat Field.
Game 2 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday back at Gary High School. If Atlanta wins, a third game will be played after a brief intermission.
Gibson struck out 11, walked three—two in the seventh—and hit a batter. He gave up one earned run.
Allen threw 98 pitches in six innings of work. He allowed one earned run on three hits, struck out five, walked four and hit three batters, leaving the game when it was tied 1-1 and taking a no-decision.
After Graham Young was walked to start the seventh — the fourth time he led off a frame and never got out — Jacob Young doubled down the left field line. Dylan Carrell broke the knot with his line drive single to center, plating Graham for the go-ahead run.
A wild pitch scored Jacob Young, giving the Roughnecks a 3-1 advantage. Following a strikeout, a pair of walks loaded the bases. Gibson's sharply hit grounder went through the hole into right field for a two-run single, making it 5-1.
A fielder's choice pushed across the fifth run of the inning as White Oak batted all nine batters in the top of the seventh.
HARMONY 9, NEW DIANA 2
MOUNT PLEASANT — Gage Goddard settled down after falling behind 2-0 early, blanking New Diana the rest of the way and leading Harmony to a 9-2 win in Game 1 of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal playoff series.
The teams will meet gain at 5:30 p.m. Friday back in Mount Pleasant to close out the series.
Goddard struck out nine, walked two and allowed four hits in seven innings for the win.
New Diana put two runs on the board in the top of the second, but Harmony responded with three in the third and pushed five across in the fifth before adding one in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Easton Blackstone and Collan Hays both doubled for Harmony, with Blackstone, Trent Hart, Cameron Helpenstill and Hays all driving in runs. Evan Patterson singled and drove in three for Harmony.
For New Diana in the loss, Cooper Holland homered and singled, Landon Ferguson homered and Austin Green doubled.
Cade Medlin shouldered the loss for New Diana.