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BASEBALL: Ridgeland suffers tough first loss, rematch rained out

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The Ridgeland Panthers led 8-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Pickens on Monday night, only to see the Dragons score five times in a 9-8 loss.

Tied 2-2 after four innings, Ridgeland (2-1) exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning. They gave two back in the bottom of the frame but picked up one more in the top of the sixth before carrying the four-run lead into the seventh.

But an overturned call at first base went in favor of the hosts to start the ball rolling, and the Panthers hurt themselves by committing three errors in the inning, including one that brought home the game-winner.

"We have to learn to finish the game and put teams away," head coach Scott Harden explained. "We played great baseball for 20 outs, but in this league you have to finish that 21st out before you can obtain the win."

Gannon Hampton was the only Panther with multiple hits, going 2 for 4. Trevor Long drove in two runs, while Tucker Holdbrooks, Issac Martenn, and Tucker Hill each drove in one run.

Tuesday's scheduled home rematch against Pickens was rained out. Ridgeland is slated to play at LFO on Thursday before a trip to Murray County on Friday.