Highlanders Halt Panthers Winning Streak on the Diamond

Panthers (Varsity) – 3    Heathwood Hall – 4

The Panthers had their nine game winning streak snapped at Heathwood Hall on Wednesday night losing 4-3. The Panthers had their opportunities to win this game but could not convert and went down in defeat for the first time in over three weeks.

The Panthers lost a chance to get on the scoreboard in the first when Anderson Blevins doubled to right center field, but was doubled off of second on a shallow fly ball to left field. The Panthers dented the scoreboard in the second when they plated two runs.  Parker Pocock was walked and stole second base.  Cal Hucks doubled driving in Parker and Cal scored on a single by Carson Floyd.

The Panthers scored their third run in the top of the third when John Edens reached second on an error by the Highlander shortstop. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by James Reed.  The Highlanders got that run right back was their leadoff hitter was walked.  He advanced to second on a single by Mac Hardy and scored on a single by Austin Cox.

Good Highlander pitching (Cox) kept the Panthers stymied for the balance of the game but the Highlanders were not scoring either and it looked as though the Panthers would prevail for their fifth victory in a row. But we all know that appearances can sometimes be deceiving.

Daniel Williams was the starter for PAC and pitched five innings, only allowing one earned run on five hits. He threw ninety-three pitches over his five innings so the coaches made a change to begin the sixth.  Carson Floyd came on to relieve Daniel and struggled to find his control early on.  He walked three of the first four batters he faced.  One scored on a single by Mac Hardy.  The second runner scored on Austin Cox’s fourth hit of the game.    The Highlanders then took the lead on a fly ball to left field that the Panthers probably should have made the play on and the Panthers could not score in the seventh.

The Panthers had seven hits. Cal Hucks got two of those hits, collecting a double and a single.  Daniel Williams and Carson Floyd had two singles.  Anderson doubled in the first.  The Panthers struck out seven times in the game which might be a season high.

Game Notes: The Panthers record falls to 15-4.  They had ten productive at bats in the game.  Carson took the loss dropping his record to 3-1.