Mar 24 2017

Big Weekend for Panther Varsity Baseball

The Panther varsity team searches for its 100th victory as a program as it sits at 99 victories and hosts several quality homeschool baseball programs this weekend.  The weekend kicks off tonight as the Panthers square off against the Concord Stallions at 7:00 at Bray Park.  The baseball action continues tomorrow as follows: Anderson Cavaliers v Concord Stallions (9:00); Concord Stallions v Johnson’s Ferry (ATL) (11:00); Johnson’s Ferry v Anderson Cavaliers (1:00); Anderson Cavaliers v PAC (3:00) and Johnson’s Ferry v PAC (5:00).

Admission is free and there will be a canteen so you can enjoy a good hamburger or hot dog while you take in America’s pastime.

See you there!

 

 

 

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Beats Third Eagle Team in a Row – No Hit the Newberry Academy Eagles

Panthers – 9       Newberry Academy – 1

The Panthers varsity team travelled to Newberry to take on the Newberry Academy Eagles on Thursday night and walked away with their sixth victory in a row winning 9-1. In the top of the first, Parker Pocock walked but was ultimately stranded at third.  The Eagles got runners on second and third with no outs but two groundouts but three straight ground outs prevented the runs from scoring.

The Panthers scratched for their first run when Matthew Derrick singled and advanced to second on a single by Avery Blevins. Matthew advanced to third on an infield single by Alex McKay and scored on a sacrifice fly by Will Lawyer.

The Panthers extended their lead in the top of the third inning by plating two runs. Parker and James Reed hit back to back singles and advanced to third and second respectively on a passed ball.  Parker scored on a ground out by Cal Hucks and James Reed scored on a passed ball.  The Eagles scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the frame.  The Eagles got the bases loaded with no outs on the strength of three straight free passes by Panther pitching.  The Panthers made a pitching change (Parker Pocock was the starter) and brought in Dan Beam.  He induced the first batter he faced to hit into a fielder’s choice which allowed a runner to score.  The next Eagle batter hit into a double play to end their scoring threat.

Neither team scored in the fourth inning and the Panthers blew the game open in the top of the fifth. Parker led off with a walk and advanced to third when James Reed hit a ground rule double down the left field line.  Cal Hucks singled to drive in Parker.  James scored and Cal advanced to third on a double by Matthew Derrick.  The Eagle pitcher was pitching from the windup and Cal took advantage breaking for home on the pitch.  He slid in safely as the pitch bounced harmlessly off of the catcher’s glove.  Danny Waller reached base on a fielder’s choice.  He advanced to third on wild pitches.  Jacob Robinson and Caleb Green received back to back walks to load the bases.  John Edens slapped a single to right center field to plate both Danny and Jacob.  Parker singled to score Caleb.  The Eagles came to bat but with one out the game was called on account of darkness.

The big story here was Parker and Dan Beam combined to no hit the Eagles. As stated earlier, Parker was the starting pitcher, pitching two innings allowing one earned run.  He walked three batters and hit one.  He struck out one.  Dan Beam replaced him on the mound. He pitched two and one third innings not allowing a run. He hit one batter and struck out two.  Parker got the win (1-0).

The Panthers had ten hits led by Parker, James and Matthew who all had two hits. James and Matthew both had doubles.  John Edens hit a two RBI single.  Others with hits include Avery, Cal, Alex and John.  Cal also had two RBI’s.

The Panthers improved their record to 7-3 by winning their sixth game in a row. They take the field again on Friday night against the Concord Stallions.

 

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Likes Taking Down Eagles as they do it Twice in a Row (Richard Winn Eagles)

Panthers – 8       Richard Winn – 7

The Panthers extended their winning streak to five games in roaring back from a 2-7 deficit to win an exciting game at Richard Winn Academy on Monday night. Richard Winn scored six runs in the two first innings taking advantage of free passes offered up by Panther pitching.  They scored three runs in the first without a hit (four free passes) and three runs in the second on two hits, alongside two free passes.  They added a single run in the fourth inning on an error by the Panther pitcher.

The Panthers had actually taken an early lead in the top of the first before the Eagles from Richard Winn soared to the lead. John Edens singled and went to second on a ground out by Parker Pocock.  He advanced to third on a single by James Reed and scored on a passed ball.  James advanced to second on the passed ball that scored John and stole third base.  He scored on an error by the Eagle catcher.

The Panthers entered the fifth inning trailing 2-7. John Edens led off and was hit by a pitch.  He stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch.  He scored on an RBI ground out by Parker.  James reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop.  He advanced to second on a single by Cal Hucks.  Both James and Cal advanced one base due to a wild pitch.  James scored on a ground out by Matthew Derrick.  Cal scored on a RBI single by Avery Blevins.

After holding the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers clawed their way to the lead by plating three more runs in the top of the sixth. John singled with one out.  He stole second base and advanced to third when a throw went into the outfield.  He scored when Parker reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop.   Parker advanced to second on a single by James.  After the second out of the inning, Matthew Derrick came to the plate and hit a hard grounder to the Eagle second baseman which managed to scoot under his glove into right field.  Both Parker and James scored on the play.

The Panthers were held scoreless in the seventh so they just had to hang onto their lead while the Eagles got one more crack at bat. The first Eagle batter reached on a walk.  The second batter struck out.  The third batter walked putting runners at first and second.  The Panthers brought in Cal to try to save the game.  He faced one batter inducing a little pop up on the infield that James made a sliding catch on.  The Eagle runner on second had gotten a little too far off of second and James was able to make a throw from the ground to double up the runner ending the game.

For the game, the Panthers had nine hits. John Edens, James Reed and McKinley Proctor all had two hits.  Others with hits included Avery, Matthew and Cal.    John and James both scored three runs.

John Edens was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched one and two-thirds innings allowing six runs (all earned).  He only allowed one hit but walked four and hit two batters.  He also struck out two.  James Reed came in to pitch two and one-third innings.  He allowed one unearned run on one hit.  He struck out three and hit one batter.  Danny Waller was the next Panther hurler and went two and one third innings.  He did not allow a run.  He walked three, allowed one hit and struck out two.  Danny (2-0) earned the win while Cal earned his second save of the year.

Game Notes: The Panthers improved their record to 6-3 and now stand two games from their 100th victory.  The Panthers had twenty productive at bats in the game.

Mar 24 2017

Panthers Baseball Discovers A Bird of Prey it Can Sharpen its Claws Against

Panthers – 8       Upstate Eagles – 0

The Panthers travelled to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday to play the Upstate Eagles in historic Duncan Park where the likes of Lou Gehrig and Shoeless Joe Jackson once played America’s pastime. After the rain clouds lifted, the sun shone bright making it a beautiful day for baseball.

The Panthers struck for one run in the top of the first inning. John Edens and Parker Pocock hit back to back singles.  John reached third when Cal Hucks hit into a fielder’s choice.   John then scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Matthew Derrick.

The Panthers padded their lead in the top of the second scoring an additional three runs. Austin “Stump” Coates led off with a single.  Avery Blevins hit a chopper in front of the plate.  The catcher jumped up, collected the ball and threw to first to get Avery out but the throw was mishandled by the second baseman who was covering first on the play.  This miscue would come back to haunt the Eagles.  William Lawyer singled to load the bases.  Stump scored on a fielder’s choice hit by John Edens.  Parker then stroked a single to right center field scoring both Avery and Alex McKay (courtesy runner for the pitcher Will Lawyer).

Cal Hucks doubled to begin the third inning and scored on a single by Matthew Derrick. Both teams were then scoreless until the sixth inning.  The Eagles got one quick out but then their pitcher struggled with his control walking three straight batters (Robinson, Lawyer and Edens).  Parker Pocock slapped his third hit of the game, a single, scoring Jacob and McKay (running once again for Will).  John then scored on Cal’s third hit of the game.

The Panthers had ten hits in the game representing their high water mark for the year. They were led by Parker and Cal who both had three hits.  Parker had three singles and four RBI’s.  Cal hit two singles and a double.  Others with hits include Edens, Derrick, Coates and Lawyer.  The Panthers had nineteen productive at bats for the game.

Will was the starting pitcher for PAC, earning the win and improving his record to 1-2. He pitched six innings allowing no runs.  He allowed five hits and struck out four.  He did not walk a batter in an excellent display of control.  The Eagles hit several balls sharply but, luckily for the Panthers, they hit them right at Panther fielders.  John Edens and Parker Pocock had nice catches in the outfield and William helped turn a double play when he snared a line shot hit back up the middle.  Cal Hucks pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the game.

The Panthers improved to 5-3 on the season and return to the diamond, Monday night, at Richard Winn academy.

Mar 24 2017

Panthers Baseball Rule the Large Cat Category, Sweeps Doubleheader from Low Country Wildcats

Panthers – 13    Low Country Wildcats – 1

In the first game of a double header in Charleston, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead plating two runs in the first inning. They scored two more in the third and one in the fourth.  They blew the game open in the top of the fifth when seven runs on five hits roared across the plate.  Two of these hits were triples (Cal Hucks and Dan Beam) and both knocked in two runs.

For the game, the Panthers had nine hits. They were led at the plate by James Reed who had three hits and three RBI’s.  Cal Hucks contributed two hits; a triple and a single and knocked in three runs.  Austin “Stump” Coates had a two RBI single and Dan Beam contributed a two RBI triple.  The Panthers had eleven productive at bats.

Dan Beam (1-0) pitched five innings for the Panthers leading them to victory. He allowed one earned run on two hits.  He struck out five and walked two.

The Panthers improved their record to 3-3.

Panthers – 10     Low Country Wildcats – 4

The Panthers swept their double header in Charleston against the Wildcats, prevailing 10-4. Avery Blevins led off the game with a single and stole second base.  He went to third on a single by McKinley Proctor and scored on a single by John Edens.  McKinley and John both scored on an error by the Wildcat right fielder.  The Wildcats scored one in their half of the frame.

The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the third when they clawed for two runs.   Both runs scored on a double by Will Devito.

The Panthers answered in the top of the fourth when they scored three runs. With one out, Cal Hucks drew a walk.  Avery tripled to right center field scoring Cal.  After the second out of the inning, John Edens singled to plate Avery and later scored on a wild pitch.  The Wildcats scored on in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 6-4 in the Panthers favor.

The Panthers scored their last four runs in the top of the fifth. James Reed led off with a walk.  He stole second and scored on a single by Austin “Stump” Coates.  Stump later scored the second run of the inning.  Cal Hucks reached via a fielder’s choice and scored on Avery’s third hit of the game (a single).  Avery scored when Will Lawyer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Danny Waller (1-0) pitched four innings to pick up the victory. Danny allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits.  He struck out four and walked two.  He was relieved by Will Lawyer who pitched the final three innings.  Will allowed two hits but no runs. He struck out four.

The Panthers had twenty productive at bats. They were led by Avery Blevins who had two singles and a triple.  He scored three runs and had two RBI’s.  McKinley and John both had two singles.  John and Cal both scored two runs.

The victory raised the Panthers record to 4-3. They play next on Saturday, March 18th, against the Upstate Eagles.

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Glad not Playing Another Bird of Prey, Beat Crusaders from Northside

The Panthers got back in the victory column with a 9-4 victory over Northside Christian at Bray Park on Friday night. The Crusaders struck first, plating one run in the top of the first inning when the Crusaders staged a two out rally.  The Crusaders struck again in the bottom of the second (again with two outs) when they scored three runs.  A walk and two singles loaded the bases and a triple by Will Koerner plated all three runs.

The Panthers roared back in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game. James Reed hit a triple to begin the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Derrick.  With two outs, Caleb Green drew a walk to get on base.  John Edens and Avery Blevins hit back to back singles with Caleb scoring on Avery’s hit.  John Edens stole third and scored when the Crusader catcher’s throw sailed into left field.  Avery scored when Alex McKay reached base on an error.

The Panthers took the lead in the fifth inning. McKinley drew a walk to begin the inning and promptly stole second base.  He advanced to third on an error by the Crusader third baseman which allowed James Reed to reach base.  McKinley scored on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Derrick (this was Matthew’s second RBI of the game).  James scored on an error by the Crusader center fielder which allowed Caleb to reach base safely.

The sixth inning saw the Panthers score their last runs and push the lead to 9-4. Alex McKay was hit by a pitch with one out.  He stole second base and scored when Parker Pocock singled.  Parker scored on a single by James Reed.   James later scored on an error by the Crusader left fielder.

Parker Pocock was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched two innings, allowing four runs (three earned).  He allowed six hits while striking out two.  He was replaced by John Edens (1-0) who earned the victory pitching three innings.  He did not allow any runs on one hit.  He walked two and struck out two.  James Reed pitched the final two innings not allowing a run or a hit. He struck out three.

Game Notes: The Panthers had seventeen productive at bats. Parker Pocock had two hits and scored on run.  James Reed had a triple and a single and scored three runs.  Matthew Derrick had two RBI’s.  The Panther’s record improved to 2-3.

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Loses to Another Bird of Prey (Hammond Skyhawks)

The Panthers fell to 1-3 on the season losing to the Hammond Skyhawks on Wednesday night. The Skyhawks scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when Reece Holbrook singled, stole second and third base and scored on a throwing error by the Panther catcher.  They added a second run in the bottom of the second when Ford Pugh walked and later scored on a single by Graham Wilson.

The Panthers dented the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. Parker Pocock singled, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by James Reed.  The Panthers did not stay within one run long as Hammond plated two more in the bottom of the frame without the benefit of a hit.

The Panthers added a single run in the fourth when John Edens doubled and scored on an Avery Blevins single (this was Avery’s first hit and RBI at the varsity level). Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fifth when Hammond added two more runs on three hits.  The panthers scored their last run in the top of the sixth when Matthew Derrick singled and scored when Avery Blevins grounded out into a fielder’s choice.  Hammond scored one final run in the bottom of the sixth.

For the game, the Panthers had six hits. John Edens led the way with a single and a double.  Others with hits included Parker, James, Matthew and Avery.  Avery led the team with two RBI’s.

Matthew Derrick (1-1) was the starting pitcher for PAC taking the loss. He pitched three innings allowing four runs although only one run was earned.  He struck out one and allowed two hits.  Cal Hucks followed Matthew to the mound.  He also pitched three innings allowing four runs, one two of which were earned.  He struck out three Skyhawks while allowing six hits.  He walked one.

The Panthers try for their second win of the season when they take on the Northside Crusaders Friday night at Bray Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00.

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Victory Snatched Away by Griffins from Fairfield Central

The Panthers fell to the Griffins from Fairfield Central High School on Tuesday night by a score of 9-8. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead when they scored two runs in the top of the first inning.  Parker Pocock reached base due to an error by the Griffin shortstop.  McKinley Proctor stroked a single to right field sending Parker to third with McKinley advancing to second on the throw to third.  James Reed then singled to score both runners.  The Griffins tied the game in the bottom of the frame, scoring one run on a double and the other on a Panther error.

The Griffins jumped to the lead by scoring another two runs in the bottom of the third. A hit batter followed by a single and two Panther errors allowed the runs to score.

The Panthers got one run back in the top of the fourth when Parker walked and later scored on a single by James Reed. The Griffins took control of the game in the bottom of the frame when they scored four runs on three hits, taking advantage of five Panther errors.  UGHHHH.  The Panthers now trailed 8-3.

The Panthers begin the long climb back into the game by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. James Reed and Cal Hucks both walked and advanced to third and second on steals.  Matthew Derrick then hit a texas leaguer in short left center field to plate both runs.  Unfortunately, the Griffins got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame when a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Panthers continued their fight and clawed for another three runs in the top of the sixth to make it a one run game. William Lawyer led off with a walk but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Parker.  Parker advanced to second on a groundout by McKinley.  James Reed singled and Cal Hucks walked to load the bases.  Matthew Derrick came to the plate and hit a hard grounder up the middle that the shortstop let get under his glove.  The Griffin outfield was slow to react and the ball went almost to the fence allowing all three Panther runners to score.  Matthew reached third on the play but was ultimately stranded there.  The Griffins did not score in the bottom of the sixth.

John Edens led off the top of the seventh with a single but was gunned down on a steal attempt by the hard throwing Griffin catcher. A groundout and a strikeout ended the game in the Griffin’s favor.

Will Lawyer (0-2) took the loss on the mound for the Panthers. He gave up nine runs but only three were earned as the Panthers made nine errors behind him.  The Panthers had twenty productive at bats for the night beating their goal of fourteen but it did not help as they still took the loss.

The Panthers fall to 1-2 on the season, taking to the diamond again when they travel to Hammond on Wednesday night.

Mar 24 2017

Panther Baseball Beats Westwood High

The Panthers sprang into the win column with a five inning win over the Westwood High Red Hawks in the Panther’s second and final game in the Westwood Invitational tournament. This was a pitcher’s duel early as the Panther’s Matthew Derrick and the Red Hawk’s pitcher (Anderson) blanked the opposing hitters, neither allowing a hit or a run.

The Red Hawks broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning when their shortstop (Heason) blasted a one out, double to deep right center field. The Red Hawks ended up loading the bases with two outs when two Red Hawk batters were walked.  Heason then scored on a passed ball that advanced the other runners to second and third.  A pop out to James Reed at shortstop ended Westwood’s threat.

The Panthers came into the last inning trailing by one run. Caleb Green led off with an infield single but was thrown out at second on a steal attempt.  McKinley Proctor then singled to right field bringing Avery Blevins to the plate.  He hit a dribbler to the Red Hawk third baseman who charged the ball but uncorked a wild throw into the Panther dugout advancing McKinley to third and Avery to second.  Will Lawyer then hit a short pop fly into right field which fell between the first and second basemen and the right fielder.  Avery advanced to third on the play and Will took second on the throw home.  Parker Pocock drew a walk to load the bases.  John Edens then hit a short fly ball to right field that was caught for an out, but Avery tagged and scored on the play to give the Panthers their first lead of the game.  James Reed then came to bat and absolutely tagged a ball to centerfield which bounced out of the centerfielder’s glove allowing Will and Parker to score.  James ended up on third base.  Cal Hucks closed out the Panther scoring when he lined a single into right field scoring James.

The Red Hawks came to bat in the bottom of the fifth down by five runs. Their first batter (Bennett) stroked a single to center field.  He eventually stole second due to Panther indifference and scored on a single by Barton.  The Panthers closed out the game on a fly ball to center field.

Matthew Derrick (1-0) pitched a great game going 4 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.  He allowed four free passes and struck out eight.  Matthew was relieved by Cal Hucks in the bottom of the fifth with one out.  His first batter grounded out to James Reed at shortstop.  Cal then allowed one hit and a walk before getting the final Red Hawk batter to fly out to center field.

Cal Hucks had one hit and RBI. McKinley, Caleb and Will had the other hits. Will and John Edens had RBI’s.  McKinley’s, Will’s and Caleb’s hits were their first hits at the varsity level (outside of scrimmages).  Will also knocked in his first RBI.  The Panthers had eleven hits on the night against a goal of fourteen.

The Panthers are 1-1 on the season.

Mar 24 2017

Panther Varsity Baseball Falls to Falcons From Ben Lippen

The Panthers kicked off play in the Westwood Invitational tournament on Monday, February 27th by facing the Ben Lippen Falcons.  The Panthers came up on the short end after five innings losing 6-1.  Ben Lippen scored two runs in the second on the strength of three hits and two sacrifices.  They added two more in the third on two hits and two Panther errors.  They scored their last two runs in the fourth on a single and two doubles.

The Panthers clawed for their lone run in the top of the fifth inning. Cal Hucks led off with a single; advanced to second on a single by Matthew Derrick; and to third, when Caleb Green drew a walk.  Cal then scored on an infield hit by McKinley Proctor.  Three straight strikeouts ended the Panthers threat and the game.

Will Lawyer (0-1) started the game on the mound for the Panthers. He pitched four innings allowing six runs, five of which were earned.  He gave up eight walks and did not walk a batter.  He struck out one Falcon hitter.  Cal Hucks pitched the final inning for the Panthers.  He allowed one hit and no runs.

The Panthers are now 0-1 on the year.

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