HURST — The Colleyville Heritage baseball team wrapped up the first round of District 6-5A play by edging L.D. Bell 3-2 Tuesday afternoon.The Panthers (13-9, 6-1) trail rival Grapevine by a game in the standings and host the Mustangs next week after a trip to Euless Trinity on Friday.We were just trying to get out of the first half of district as close as we can to the top and we accomplished that, Heritage coach Alan McDougal said. We know these games are going to be close and for us to get to the places we want to go deep in the playoffs were going to have to experience close games and come out on top.Heritage took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Christian Gonzales, scoring Cody Thomas who signed to play football and baseball at Oklahoma from second.The Blue Raiders (9-14, 4-3) knotted the game in the second inning on a double down the left-field line by pitcher Jordan Satterwhite to score Blake Gibson. But the Panthers answered in the third with a two-run double by Jason Adams, who drove in Preston Palmeiro and Gonzales.L.D. Bell cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Caleb Rose but stranded a pair of runners after Heritage starter Lane Norwood rung up two of his eight strikeouts to end the threat. Adams, who relieved Norwood in the sixth, picked up the save.Jason Adams is wound that way; hes probably a one- or two-inning guy. Hes a big strike thrower, he has command of two pitches, McDougal said. Thats kind of what hes been groomed for this year. I thought Lane kept us in the game early and both pitchers did a really good job.
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