Lions Maul the Wildcats


Cherokee Farmer , Reporter

Cooper Rodgers was clutch at the plate with runners on base on Friday, driving in four on three
hits to lead Ponder Lions Varsity past Callisburg 13-6. Rodgers drove in runs on a double in the
first, a double in the third, and a single in the sixth.

An early lead helped propel Ponder to victory. Ponder scored on a groundout by Timber Crider in the first inning, a single by Kade Irons in the first inning, a double by Rodgers in the first inning, and a single by Crider in the second inning. After Callisburg scored one run in the top of the fifth, Ponder answered with one of their own.

Ponder pulled away for good with two runs in the second inning. In the second, Crider singled on
a 3-2 count, scoring one run and Trevor Hernandez reached on a dropped third strike.
Ponder put up four runs in the sixth inning. Ponder’s offense in the inning came from singles by
Rodgers and Packard Smith and a groundout by Tyler Long.

Robby Wallace was the winning pitcher for Ponder. The righthander allowed seven hits and five
runs over three innings, striking out two. Luke Johnson and Irons entered the game out of the
bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Ponder Lions Varsity tallied 13 hits in the game. Rodgers, Graham Whitewood, Smith, Irons,
and Logan Reynolds each managed multiple hits for Ponder. Rodgers went 3-for-4 at the plate
to lead Ponder Lions Varsity in hits. The Lions tore up the base paths, as two players stole at
least two bases. Crider led the way with two.  This win brings the Lions record to 10-6-1 and 2-4 in district.

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