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Panthers take pitching duel from Highlanders
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The Liberty County Panthers turned a game-ending double play and held on for a 3-2 non-region baseball win over First Preparatory Christian Academy on Monday.

Carlos Singleton and Evan North were matched in a pitcher’s duel. North went five hitless innings, striking out 11 and walking two in five innings. He gave up just one unearned run in the second inning off a walk, steal, bunt and error.

Singleton lasted 6 1/3 innings, throwing 103 pitches. He struck out nine and walked one, and retired seven straight Highlanders batters during a stretch from the first through third innings.

Ke’Koa Nunn drove in Logan Brown with a groundout, and Chase Streeper’s bunt plated North for a 2-1 lead in the third inning.

Anthony Gerace led off the top of the sixth with a double, and Singleton drew a walk. Both runners came around to score to put the Panthers on top 3-2, thanks to a wild pitch and a groundout.

With the win, the Panthers improved to 6-7, including a 7-3 win March 15 over the visiting Yough (Penn.) Cougars.

FPCA (4-5) visits Liberty County on Friday with a first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.

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