Trevor Lamar pitched a solid game and his offense did just enough for North Platte to win its season opener, 2-0, against Platte Valley on Monday, March 19, in Barnard.
Lamar allowed only one hit and struck out 14 Longhorns out of the 18 he retired.
Austin Snook came in to pitch a scoreless seventh to pick up the save and secure the shutout.
Both of the runs for the Panthers came without a hit.
A pair of walks and a hit batsman set up Snook’s RBI sac fly in the third inning. Remington Wilson walked to open the seventh and got to third after a ground out and stolen base. Jesse Martin’s grounder turned into an error and that brought home Wilson.
Two pitchers for Platte Valley combined to strikeout nine and allow North Platte only two hits.
The Panthers had a game on Tuesday, March 20, postponed against North Andrew. That game will be made up Wednesday, March 21, in Dearborn.
The next two games for North Platte will be KCI Conference games playing host to East Buchanan on Thursday, March 22, then playing at Lawson on Tuesday, March 27.