By JIM METCALFE
PAULDING — It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon/evening for a baseball game.
Unfortunately for head coach Doug Geary and the Jefferson baseball crew, they had one of those games against Paulding.
The Panthers put together an 18-hit attack and grabbed a 13-3 6-inning Northwest Conference triumph at Keysor Athletic Complex in Paulding.
The game was originally slated for Thursday but was moved up due to a scheduling conflict.
The Wildcats (4-3, 0-1) got on board first in the top of the first against Paulding starter and winner Garod Harder (1-0; 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 bases-on-balls, 1 strikeout; 78 pitches, 50 for strikes). Jace Stockwell slapped a single to left, advanced on a wild pitch and a 1-out Ross Thompson (2-for-3) single to left, with the batter taking second on the throw home, then scored on an Austin Jettinghoff fly ball to right. Thompson, now at third, touched the dish on a single to center by Hunter Binkley for a 2-0 edge.