FCA Panthers remain undefeated in league play

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

It could all come down to Friday night.

If the French Camp Academy baseball team took care of business
against visiting East Oktibbeha on Tuesday, they will roll into
Friday with a shot at clinching the league title against Nanih Waiya.

“It should be a big game,” said FCA head coach Nathan Wright. “We
have a shot at a district title and I’m sure they will come here with
something to prove.”

French Camp took a 3-0 road win over the Nanih Waiya Warriors — the
two-time defending MHSAA Class 1A Champions — two weeks ago. Last
week the Panthers rolled to a convincing 17-0 win over Noxapater
before having to go 10 innings before being able to knock off Choctaw
County rival Weir 5-4.

“We just didn’t hit the ball very well,” Wright said of his team’s
win over Weir.

“Baseball is just one of those funny games. You never know how it
will turn out.”

The Panthers got eight strong innings out of starter Joseph Nguyen on
the mound, before Brady Jackson game on to pitch the last two to get
the win.

The Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th
inning. Hagan Box drove in the eventual winning run with a grounder
to short, when the runner on third beat the play at the plate.

Box and Hunter McKnight had two hits each for the winners in the
game, while Cole Henson, Braden McGlothin, Andrew Stevens and Jackson
had one each.
Ben Hoskett went all five innings on the mound in French Camp’s 17-0
win over Noxapater. Henson and Jackson had two hits each for FCA,
while Box, McKnight, Hoskett and McGlothin had one each.

The Panthers dropped an eight-inning non-league game to Winona on
Saturday when the visiting Tigers scored three runs in the top of the
eighth inning. Box had FCA’s only two hits in the game.

The Panthers were scheduled to host East Oktibbeha in a district
doubleheader on Tuesday, before entertaining Nanih Waiya at 6 p.m. on
Friday.