Panthers look to bounce back from disappointing loss

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The French Camp Academy baseball team lost only once in district play
this season, but it was a disappointing one.

The visiting Nanih Waiya Warriors rolled to an 11-0 win over FCA
behind the one-hit pitching of Colby Eaves on Friday to win the
district title.

“We played poor, poor, poor,” said FCA head coach Nathan Wright. “We
couldn’t throw, we couldn’t hit, we couldn’t lay down bunts. We just
didn’t show up. Everybody was shocked at how poorly we played that
night.”

Wright and his Warriors were trying to get back into the winning
swing of things when they played host to Ethel on Monday night. The
Panthers are set to visit East Webster on Tuesday, April 23, before
opening the MHSAA Class 1A State playoffs on Friday, April 26.

Earlier in the week, before the loss to Nanih Waiya, the Panthers
cruised to a 14-0, 15-0 sweep of East Oktibbeha in district play.

Andrew Stevens was the winning pitcher in the first game for FCA,
while Ben Hoskett took the win in the nightcap.

Colt Trehern had a double and two RBIs in the 14-0 win over East
Oktibbeha, while Perry Ransom, Hosket and Andrew Stevens had a single
each. Steven drove in two runs, while Brady Jackson had one.

Jackson, Hunter McKnight, and Hunter Vaughn ripped a double each for
the winners in the 15-0 win over East Oktibbeha, while Hagan Box,
Cole Henson and Steven each added a single. Jackson had two RBIs for
the winners, while Box scored a trio of runs.

“We know we have a pretty good team,” Wright said. “We just need to
work on a few things and that’s what we will be doing until the
playoffs.”