NJ gains one win in Golden Leaf Invitational

Dylan Pitts rips a single in North Johnston’s 16-3 win over Raleigh HomeSchool in the fifth annual Golden Leaf Invitational last week. (MICHAEL HELD PHOTO)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

WILSON—The North Johnston baseball team received no favors at all as it came to its scheduled opponents last week in the fifth annual Golden Leaf Invitational. Facing three tough opponents, the Panthers garnered one win bookended by two defeats against solid teams.

To start out the tournament, North Johnston parlayed nine hits into just two runs and fell to Hunt 5-2 but responded in a big way in the middle game of the tournament, a 16-3 romp over Raleigh Home School.

“We came out swinging the bats against a good team,” said North Johnston coach Brian Ford. “I like the way we responded.”

The Panthers sent 16 batters to the plate in the 12-run first inning that all but clinched the game from the outset.

The first five hitters in the order–Trey Whitley, Dylan Pitts, Colby Hall, Brandon Barnes and Nathan Woodard- set the tone with five consecutive singles to start the first inning. North Johnston recorded eight hits in the opening frame alone but also received some assistance from the Hawks in the form of three walks and three errors.

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