by: Brent Justice
Geneva Panthers Varsity lost the lead late in a 2-1 defeat to Houston Academy on Friday. The game was tied at one with Houston Academy batting in the top of the eighth when A Tamburin doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Houston Academy pitchers struck out five, while Geneva Panthers Varsity sat down seven.
Geneva Panthers Varsity got things moving in the first inning, when an error scored one run for Geneva Panthers Varsity.
Houston Academy knotted the game up at one in the top of the third inning, when T Devane singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
Tamburin got the start for Houston Academy. He went eight innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out five and walking zero.
Ross Bixby toed the rubber for Geneva Panthers Varsity. He surrendered two runs on seven hits over seven and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and walking one. Mason Coskrey threw one-third of an inning out of the bullpen.
Clayton Dunn, Kahari McReynolds, and Coskrey each collected one hit to lead Geneva Panthers Varsity.
Houston Academy tallied seven hits in the game. Tamburin and Q Johnson all managed multiple hits for Houston Academy.