By: Justin Hargrove, NTCC Assistant Athletic Director
Jordan Martinez followed his seven for eight performance at the plate in the last two outings with a dominate showing on the mound on Thursday for Northeast Texas Community College baseball (12-22, 6-13). He allowed only two hits and zero runs while striking out five to beat Panola College (28-10, 13-6) by a score of 10-0.
NTCC scored in the first inning and never looked back. Cody Cleveland opened the game with a triple and then scored when John Michael Russ drove him in when he singled to center. NTCC tacked on three more runs in the third inning, bringing the score to 4-0.
The Eagles offense scored four runs in the fourth inning. NTCC’s big bats were led by Russ, Jonathon Carrillo, and Isaac Rivera, all driving in runs in the inning to increase the Eagle lead to 8-0. NTCC added one run in the sixth and one in the seventh inning to bring the final to 10-0.
Jarret Whorff led things off on the pitcher's mound for Panola College. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs while striking out six. Garrett Hermes came in and threw three and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
NTCC totaled 14 hits on the day. Cleveland, Carrillo, Rivera, Russ, and John Pron each managed multiple hits for the Eagles. Russ, Rivera, Carrillo, and Cleveland each collected three hits to lead the Eagles on offense. NTCC was sharp on the day behind Martinez, playing error free ball in game one of the three game series.
The Eagles will play games two and three of the series at home on Friday, April 12thstarting at 1:00pm.