The Ridgeland Panthers broke open a close game with five runs in the top of the fifth inning and doubled up Dade County, 8-4, during Monday's season debut in Trenton.
Senior pitcher Jacob McNabb went the distance for Ridgeland (1-0) with seven solid innings on the hill. He gave up just four hits on the night, walking two and striking out seven.
The Panthers staked McNabb to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Tucker Holdbrooks scored on a Coty Riddle sacrifice and Isaac Martenn came home on a Tray Hill double. Hill added to the lead in the fourth with a solo home run.
After giving a run back in the bottom of the inning, Ridgeland erupted in the fifth, drawing three walks to load the bases before Chandler Nabors plated two runs with a double. Two more runners came home on passed balls, and Logan Hicks was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home Ridgeland's fifth and final run of the inning.
The Wolverines (0-1) would plate three runs in the final two innings, but it would not be enough as the Panthers claim the victory.
Nabors matched Hill with two hits each, accounting for half of Ridgeland's eight hits on the night.
The two teams will meet again next Tuesday at Jay Smith Field in the home opener for the Panthers.