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Portal gets past ECI in a barn-burner
TWIN CITY - It was a pitcher's duel early and a slugfest late, and when the dust had cleared, Portal was able to hang on for an 11-7 win over Emanuel County Institute Tuesday night at Joe Harvey Field.Each team got solid efforts from their starting pitchers, but both were knocked out as each team was also able to put up a six-run inning.Portal starting pitcher Corey Walker helped to create some offense for himself in the first inning.Walker beat out a slow grounder to shortstop and advanced to second on an overthrow with one out. ECI starter T.J. McNeal retired Bart Dutton on strikes, but Nolan Clark hammered a 2-1 fastball over the wall in center for an early 2-0 Panther lead.The blast was the latest in a power display that Clark has been at for over a week. In Portal's last four games - spanning to Monday of last week - the Panthers' junior catcher has pounded out five home runs and racked up 14 RBIs."I just love to dig into the batters box and hit," said Clark.