Baseball Holds Season Ending Banquet

The Panther baseball squads had their season ending banquet on Saturday, April 26th at Saluda Shoals. Everyone enjoyed food, fellowship and several spirited volleyball games in the bright sunshine. After the volleyball games, several of the players and their siblings cooled down by taking a plunge off of a rope swing into the chilly river waters. The coaches handed out their season ending awards beginning with the middle school team. Caleb Green won the silver slugger award for the best hitter; Avery Blevins won the golden glove award for best defense; and Will Lawyer won the award for the best pitcher. Samuel Leslie won the coveted Mr. Panther award which is voted on by his peers and coaches. This award goes to the player who exhibits the most Christ like character during the season. This is measured in how they conduct themselves and in how they interact with their teammates and coaches. The JV team then handed out their awards. Cal Hucks won the silver slugger award for the best hitter; John Edens won the golden glove award for best defense; and Carson Floyd won the JV pitching MVP. Will Lawyer collected his second award of the night when he took home the JV Mr. Panther award. The Varsity team then took the stage for their awards. Four players earned their varsity letter this season. They were Anderson Blevins, JC Ellis, Pat Brunson and Daniel Barfield. Returning players who earned a bar to go along with their baseball pin were Alex Blevins, Jake Brunson, Jacob Cain, Sean West, Trevor Dacus, James Reed, Daniel Reed, Clay Dickinson and Caleb Wilson. Alex Blevins, Clay Dickinson and Sean West also earned captain pins. James Reed won the Varsity silver slugger award for best offense. James hit .411 for the year; slugging twenty-three hits including six doubles and two triples. He knocked in fourteen runs, hitting .474 with runners in scoring position. Alex Blevins won the golden glove award for the Varsity team. He anchored the outfield for the Panthers, playing centerfield, and helped in the infield when called upon. He made several ESPN highlight worthy catches in the outfield preventing runs from scoring and threw out three runners from centerfield. Jake Brunson won the Varsity pitching award. He had a 4-3 record; only surrendering twelve earned runs on twenty-seven hits in over thirty-five innings. He struck out forty-three batters and allowed opposing batters a measly batting average against him of 0.190. Daniel Barfield took home the Varsity Mr. Panther award. Congratulations especially to Samuel Leslie, Will Lawyer and Daniel Barfield who add their names to the list of fine young men who have won this distinguished award. (The 2014 Varsity statistics above are not final as the Panthers will participate in a season ending tournament in Tennessee beginning Tuesday, May 6th).