Dr. Phillips Panthers Varsity stayed in it until the end, but Fletcher pulled away late in a 4-3 victory on Friday. The game was tied at three with Fletcher batting in the top of the fifth when Grant Shepard doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.
Fletcher got things started in the first inning. Fletcher scored one run when Blake Pound doubled.
In the bottom of the third inning, Dr. Phillips Panthers Varsity tied things up at three when Derek Arroyo doubled on a 0-2 count, scoring two runs.
Dr. Phillips Panthers Varsity scored three runs in the third inning. Gian Mejias and Arroyo all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Carter Shall got the win for Fletcher. He lasted six innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out eight. Andrew Veniard threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Veniard recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Fletcher.
Logan Wirt took the loss for Dr. Phillips Panthers Varsity. He surrendered four runs on four hits over four and a third innings, striking out four.
Cooper Mills, Leonel Carrasco, Daniel Castaneda, Aedan Anderson, and Arroyo each collected one hit to lead Dr. Phillips Panthers Varsity.
Shepard went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Fletcher in hits.