Clint Hardy (3-0) pitched six innings, allowing three hits and striking out five as the Wolfpack won 7-1.
“I thought he got stronger as the game went on,” Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins said.
Adam Grice worked a scoreless seventh for the Wolfpack (13-3, 8-1).
The teams entered with the subregion standings set with the Wolfpack as the No. 1 team and the Panthers (12-7, 3-6) in third.
“I thought it was good complete game, and that’s important,” Wilkins said, who called Wednesday’s win over Paideia ugly. “You want to play well before you take any kind of a break so you can have something positive to come back on.”
Heading into a week off, the Wolfpack recorded their ninth win in 10 games, scoring seven or more runs in each. The top three batters in the lineup: Hardy, Connor Hoover and Taylor Glover scored six of the seven runs, but the Wolfpack got contributions all through the lineup while belting out 11 hits.
Peyton Jones (2-2) pitched three innings for the Panthers, giving up six runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
Walks hurt Jones in the third. Down 1-0 with two out and two on, he walked Knox Marchman to load the bases, Adam Grice delivered one of his two singles and Steven Maier walked to drive in the third run of the game.
Two walks and an RBI double to Glover ended Jones’ night in the fourth. Lane Wallace came on and struck out the side after Chris Michals singled and Marchman doubled home runs to stretch the lead to 6-1.
Wallace finished the game, allowing one run while striking out five. The Panthers scored one run on the three hits in the third inning but their bats were silent the rest of the night.