Monarchs pounce Panthers, 10-6

The Exeter Monarchs evened their record to 1-1 last Friday with a non-league victory at home against the Porterville Panthers. The Monarchs got off to a quick start by scoring two runs in the first inning without getting a basehit. Kyle Espinola led off with a walk, Chris Parker followed with a hit-by-pitcher and Cody Williams got on base as a result of an error, knocking in Espinola in the process. After walk, a fielders choice and another error, Williams scored the second run for the Monarchs.

On the defensive side, the Monarchs cruised along the first few innings, easily holding the Panthers at bay. Sam Williford was pitching a gem, not allowing a single hit until the fourth inning. With one out in the fourth inning, Panther shortstop Thomas Martin hit a triple. But Williford remained unfazed popping out the next batter for the second out. He tired again going after a groundball for the apparent third out, but the ball was bobbled and Martin scored. The next batter grounded out to end the inning. Williford eventually pitched 5 innings giving up one hit and striking out 6 for the win.

Exeter responded in the bottom of the 4th with 3 runs on a single by

Williford, another walk to Espinola, an RBI single by Parker and a RBI

ground out by Williams. The next inning the Monarchs scored again, this time with 4 runs. Dakota Kirkman started things off with a walk, J.P.Phillips followed by getting on base after being hit by the pitcher. Clayton Reynolds got to first on a fielders choice and both Espinola and Parker were hit by the pitcher. Williams flew out, but in the process, Kirkman, Reynolds, Espinola and Parker all scored to stake Exeter to a 9-1 lead.

The Monarchs would need those runs in the top of the 6th inning when Porterville would come back, scoring 5 runs on an assortment of walks, errors and one double. Exeter responded with one run in the bottom to finish out the inning. Patrick Hutcheson walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and was knocked in by Kirkman with a sacrifice fly.

The Monarchs will play Monache High School at 3:30 p.m. March 12 at home.

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