Panthers find a way

Published 11:32 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Southside pushed six runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 12-10 area win over Greensboro on Wednesday.

“It was a tough game. It really gave us a confidence boost,” said Southside coach LaMorris Jones. “By winning this, it puts us right back in the area race.”

With the exception of a three-run third inning outburst, capped by a Wilbert McConico steal and score on a Raider error that to tie the game at 4-4, the Panthers trailed for most of the contest. Greensboro answered Southside’s run with five runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 9-4 lead.

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Greensboro kept the Panthers off the scoreboard for the next two innings, but a Jamal Dudley leadoff triple gave Southside the spark it needed. Dudley scored on a McConico single, bringing in Devin McGuire.

McGuire reached on a single and ran halfway to second base to distract Greensboro pitcher Ja’Marcus Moore. That hesitation allowed McConico to score, and McGuire took second base.

“I wanted to help my team out,” said McGuire. “I wanted to make a difference. I knew when I got to the plate, I could bring my team out of the hole.”

Five batters, two walks and one hit batter later, Mario Oliver reached on a LeDarius Paige error.

“After I hit the ball, I saw the position [Paige] was in on the field,” said Oliver. “I knew I could beat the throw out.”

Oliver didn’t beat it out, but he forced Paige to send his throw into right field, allowing Kevin Smart and Smith to score the tying and go-ahead runs.

Antonio Hall sent Greensboro down in order in the seventh to secure the win.