HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Permian, Wolfforth Frenship matchup suspended due to weather

The Permian baseball team had a chance to clinch a share of its first district title in 32 years in Tuesday’s home finale against Wolfforth Frenship.

The Panthers are going to have to wait a little longer to see if they can achieve that goal.

The Tigers and Panthers had battled back and forth before the game was suspended due to lightning after the sixth inning with Frenship leading 8-6 in District 2-6A play at McCanlies Field.

The game also featured both teams dealing with strong winds, dust and some rain throughout.

Details were being finalized as to how the game would be completed with the tentative plan to finish the game Friday in Wolfforth before the two teams play again in the final game of the regular season.

Permian High School’s Aleck Villa (8) swings at a pitch in the first inning against Wolfforth Frenship Tuesday afternoon at McCanlies Field. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American)

The Panthers were behind early start as Coldon Kiser put the Tigers in front with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.

Permian had to wait to respond as a 30-minute delay was called due to lightning. Once play resumed, the Panthers came out strong with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Sebastian Bravo and Xavier Melendez drew one-out walks to get things going for Permian and Bravo late scored on a ground-rule double by Caleb Boswell. Ashton Coats and Aleck Villa added RBI singles while Cade Tschauner had an RBI groundout for a 4-2.

That advantage quickly disappeared as the Tigers scored four runs in the second inning to retake the lead. Evan Johnson drove in two runs to tie the game followed by an RBI double from Kiser and a Dylan Stephens RBI single.

The roller coaster continued in the bottom of the inning when Teo Banks led off with a home run to left field to bring the Panthers back within 6-5. Permian had a chance to score more later in the inning but left the bases loaded.

Frenship starting pitcher Hayden Kennard helped his own cause in the top of the third inning with a solo home run to left field.

Wolfforth Frenship’s Sterling Inman (18) dives back to first base as Permian High School’s Cade Tschauner (5) waits for the ball to attempt a pick off in the second inning of their game Tuesday afternoon at McCanlies Field. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American)

The only other run the Panthers were able to bring in was an RBI single by Coats in the bottom of the fourth.

The Tigers’ offense went quiet in the next two innings before Jake Sherrard’s solo home run to left field to make it 8-6.

The Panthers were unable to get closer in the sixth inning and had also left runners on base in the third and fifth innings without scoring.

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