The Russellville Panthers came to the 13th District tournament as the number three seed for 2016. They drew a tough match up with defending champion Franklin-Simpson for the opening round. The second inning that the Wildcats put together proved to be too much for the Panthers. Russellville fell 5-1.
Franklin-Simpson racked up five runs in the 2nd inning. Russellville broke up the shutout in the top of the fifth with a Jesus Zamarripa double to center field. George Ortiz scored the lone Panther run.
The Wildcat pitching only allowed Russlleville four hits in the game. Jordan Blick and Dillon Porter had a single apiece. Zamarripa had a double and a single. Franklin’s Seth Johnson threw a complete game for the win and struck out 17 Panthers.
Colby Nichols and Jordan Blick split the pitching duties for Russellville. Nichols went 1.2 innings, allowing only two hits and one earned run. Blick also only allowed two hits, while striking out five.
The Panthers finish the 2016 season with a record of (10-17.)