The Permian Panthers won’t have to bounce back this week.
Tyler Ramage pitched a complete game and Tanner Adams and Taylor Sullivan each drove in two runs Tuesday as the Panthers defeated Odessa High 6-2 in District 2-6A baseball action at Pressly Field.
Permian (18-12 overall, 5-7 district) strengthened its hold on fourth place in the 2-6A standings by opening a district week with a victory for the first time since a 5-4 victory over the Bronchos on March 20 when Tanner Adams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Since then, the Panthers had dropped games at Midland High and Midland Lee, but won the return game each week.
“Any win in this district’s big, whether they be the back end or the front end,” Permian coach Tate Criswell said. “But definitely, I’ll take a win any day.”
Odessa High (21-7, 7-5) missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth, but remained tied for second with Midland Lee, which lost Tuesday to Wolfforth Frenship. But that was the least of Bronchos coach Josh Hulin’s worries.
“I can’t even think about the playoffs,” Hulin said. “I’m thinking about how we just got manhandled today. Permian showed up. The standings are deceiving because they were by far the better team. They were superior today. They were superior at their field when they walked us off with the home run.
“The proof is in the two games we’ve played. They are the better team. They’re going to put (Seth) Higdon on the mound. He is the better pitcher. We’ve done this to ourselves. They play with so much confidence. We play with none. We’re just in a bad situation right now.”
The Panthers overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before taking the lead in the fifth and putting it away with three runs in the seventh.
“We say when they land a jab, we have to either land another jab or land a haymaker,” Criswell said. “We just had to respond.”
Adams had another big day against the Bronchos, going 3 for 4 with two doubles. Sullivan was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI singles.
“It’s great for our playoff situation,” Adams said after the Panthers moved 1.5 games ahead of Amarillo Tascosa and Midland High for the final playoff spot. “Every win just makes it count even more.
“I may have had a good day, but I couldn’t have those RBIs without my teammates being on base. When I did get on (in the seventh), they drove me in. If we aren’t together, we aren’t doing good. It’s all of us together.”
Ramage (3-2) held Odessa High to two runs on six hits in his first district start. He struck out six and walked two.
“The key was trusting my defense behind me, letting them make plays for me,” the sophomore right-hander said. “I can’t do it all by myself, so I’m thankful for my team.”
The Bronchos got RBI singles from Gibrian Pena in the first and Damian Aspeitia in the third before Ramage retired 10 consecutive batters to take a four-run lead into the bottom of the seventh.
“It was just realizing my team has me and throwing strikes,” Ramage said. “I just let them hit the ball and let my team do it.”
Permian tied it in the third inning when Adams hit into a force out to drive in Isaiah Flores. In the fourth, Sullivan singled in Christian Tschauner, who walked and stole second. The Panthers took the lead for good in the fourth when Manny Guerrero led off with a single and Adams followed with a one-out double.
Permian finally broke the game open in the seventh when Adams led off with a double and scored on Nate Kizziar’s pinch-hit single after Aleck Villa reached on an error. Sullivan added another RBI single and the final run scored on the play when the ball was mishandled in the outfield for another Bronchos error.
Odessa High starter Bobby Salinas (1-1) was charged with three runs on five hits over 4.1 innings in taking the loss. He walked two and struck out three.
Permian……… 001 110 3 — 6 8 0
Odessa High. 101 000 0 — 2 6 2
Tyler Ramage and Taylor Sullivan. Bobby Salinas, Bo J. Martinez (5), Andres Martinez (6) and A.Martinez, Salinas (6). W — Ramage (3-2). L — Salinas (1-1). 2B — Permian: Tanner Adams 2.
Records — Permian 18-12 overall, 5-7 District 2-6A; Odessa High 21-7, 7-5.
District 2-6A Standings
Team W L W L
x-Wolfforth Frenship……… 25 4 10 2
Odessa High………………. 21 7 7 5
Midland Lee……………….. 16 11 7 5
Permian……………………… 18 12 5 7
Midland High………………. 16 14 3 8
Amarillo Tascosa………… 10 18 3 8
x-clinched playoff berth
Permian 6, Odessa High 2
Wolfforth Frenship 15, Midland Lee 5
Midland High at Amarillo Tascosa, ppd., wind
Midland High at Amarillo Tascosa, 4:30 p.m.
Odessa High at Permian, 4:30 p.m.
Amarillo Tascosa at Midland High, 4:30 p.m.
Midland Lee at Wolfforth Frenship, 7 p.m.