This is a story of the good, the bad and the ugly. First for the good and bad. The Panther JV team spotted the Indians to a two run lead in the second inning by putting three hits together with the big blow being a two run double by the pitcher Hunter Anderson. Here is where the good starts as the Panthers score four runs over the next two innings. The Panthers got going in the bottom of the second frame by answering with two runs of their own. James Reed reached on a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and advanced to third when Pat Brunson reached on an error. James scored on a wild pitch and Pat Brunson was driven in by Cal Hucks who hit a sharp single up the middle. After holding the Indians scoreless in the top of the third, the Panthers scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Anderson Blevins reached on a walk and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Owens who ended up reaching safely. Anderson reached third on passed ball and ended up scoring on another passed ball. Cole was advanced to third by Jacob Cain and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Dickinson. Now for the bad. The Indians had been hitting the ball hard all game but now their hits started finding holes in the Panther defense. The visitors scored three runs in the fourth inning to retake the lead taking advantage of a two out triple by first baseman Ryan Davis. The visitors scored three more in the sixth with three hits and an error by the Panther defense. The Panthers did manage to score one more run in the seventh inning plating Cole Owens who had reached on a fielder’s choice. The final score for the game was 8-5 bad guys. Overall, the Indians outplayed the Panthers outslugging the home team by twelve hits to three. Trevor Dacus toed the mound for the Panthers against the good hitting Orangeburg Prep team. He game up eleven hits and three walks in taking the loss. Only four of the eight runs he surrendered were earned. Clay Dickinson pitched the seventh inning giving up one hit and no runs. The JV team is now 13-5-1.
Now for the UGLY. The Panther varsity team lost to Orangeburg Prep 16-2. The Indians scalped the Panthers by pounding out sixteen hits including two home runs by shortstop Sean Odem. The Panthers tried to circle the wagons after giving up three runs in the first but to no avail. The Indians kept firing scoring four runs in the second inning, seven runs in the third and adding two more runs in the fifth inning after a scoreless fourth inning. On the night only two Panther players had hits. Josh Hanna and Thomas Castles both collected singles. The Panthers scored two runs in the third innings plating both Josh Hanna and Sean West. The Panthers send four different pitchers to the mound, but the Indians treated all but one rather rudely. All in all, I think we know now how Custer felt at a battle called Little Big Horn. The varsity team is now 9-11.