The Carthage Bulldogs played their first ace Thursday, getting a complete game from senior Clayton McMillan and a 6-1 win over the Bullard Panthers.
McMillan pitched a complete game, striking out 11 and walking 1 while giving up 5 hits. Senior pitcher Luke Burnett, who is signed to play next year at Louisiana Tech, is expected to pitch the second game for Carthage.
Bullard struck first in the bottom of the first, when Brennan Gounah walked and stole second, then was driven in by Chad Sherman.
Carthage tied the game a half inning later, when Blaine Brewster drove a shot off the leg of Bullard pitcher Brody Greene and Kory Cleveland came in to score. Carthage would also bring home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.
In the third inning, Cleveland hit the fifth of his six straight playoff doubles and drove in Jonathan Mihlhauser.
The second game will be Friday night at 7:00pm at Kilgore's Driller Park.
Reid Kerr (email@example.com) reporting.