The Plano East baseball team entered a two-game series with Plano West as both teams were at the top of the district standings.
With the Wolves at 3-1 in district play and the Panthers also at 3-1, the series left East an opportunity to take over the top spot. They got off on the right foot, opening the week with a 3-1 win over Plano West on March 30.
Leading the way once again for the Panthers was the pitching staff, as Ben Baker-Livingston went the distance in pitching seven innings and striking out nine batters in the win and only allowed five hits and one run in the top of the sixth inning. For head coach Jordan Byrd, he sees the pitching staff continued dominance as something the team can ride on.
“They compete and throw strikes,” Byrd said. “That’s all you can ask for as a pitching coach is that your pitchers can go out there and make good plays and not give free passes.”
Plano East’s bats got things going with three straight singles in the bottom of the second inning to load the bases with nobody out. Patrick Wheelis ended up driving in one run with a sacrifice fly, but Plano West’s defense did a good job to only hold Plano East to one run scored.
By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]