HENDERSON — Bullard left-handed pitcher Zach Eschberger threw a one-hitter, handcuffing Henderson in a 5-0 win for the Panthers in District 16-3A league play at Lions Field on Friday night.
Eschberger struck out 16 in the game and walked two as only three Lions reached first. The no-hitter was vanquished on a seventh-inning, lead-off single by Jeffrey Holt.
Eschberger, a freshman, had no-hitters in his previous two starts.
Nine Lions errors were a thorn for Henderson, with three of five Bullard runs unearned.
Bullard put up three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Weston Gray started the rally with a triple. He scored one batter later as Holden Bryant belted an RBI double.
Holden Bryant scored twice, added two RBIs and doubled. Trevor Rumbelow supplied three RBIs.
Bullard 5, Henderson 0
Bullard 100 310 0 — 5 8 0
Henderson 000 000 0 — 0 1 9
Zach Eschberger and Conner Mebane. Zane Boles and Geoffry Briggs. W – Eschberger. L – Boles. 2B – B: Holden Bryant. 3B – B: Weston Gray. SAC – B: Jesse Duplechin. SB – B: Jacob Proventer, Jesse Duplechin, Haden Bryant, Holden Bryant 2. LOB – B: 10. H: 2. DP – H: 1.
JV SCORE — Bullard 14, Henderson 3.
RECORDS — Bullard 14-3 (4-0); Henderson (1-4).
NEXT UP — Gilmer at Bullard, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Henderson at Kilgore, 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Lady Lions shut out Lady Panthers
HENDERSON — The Lady Lions rode the strong left arm of University of Texas-signee Tiara Davis and a two-run bomb from Karley Free en route to a 4-0 win over the Lady Panthers on Friday afternoon.
Davis handcuffed Bullard with 13 strikeouts, one walk and one hit in the shutout win.
After two innings of scoreless ball the Lady Lions scratched the board when Natalie McQuiston’s double plated the first run.
Henderson added another run in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Jessica Thomas cranked an RBI double for a 2-0 Lady Lions advantage.
The Lady Lions got some more insurance in the sixth on the two-run dinger from Free.
Bullard’s lone hit came from CoCo Springer.
Both McQuiston and Thomas went 2 for 3 for the Lady Lions.
Henderson 4, Bullard 0
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Hannah Woyt, Coco Springer (4), and Sarah Ritch. Tiarra Davis and Jessica Thomas. W – Davis. L – Woyt. 2B – H: Natalie McQuiston, Jessica Thomas. HR – H: Karley Free (one on, sixth inning).
RECORDS — Bullard 15-7 (3-2); Henderson 20-7 (5-0).
NEXT UP — Henderson at Kilgore, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Gilmer at Bullard, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.