JV and B-team Baseball Falls at Ben Lippen

Panthers (B-Team) – 3   Ben Lippen – 14

The young Panthers fell to the Falcons 14-3 on Wednesday night on Ben Lippen’s home field. I know the score does not look good, but I was there watching the game and the Panthers actually played very well, falling to a team that has now won ten games in a row.  They were simply outhit by the Falcons but the Panthers played well on defense and showed tremendous improvement from early in the season.

The Panthers scored one in the first when Will Owens walked and scored on a single by Billy Amick. The Panthers scored their second run the next inning when Thomas Weaver walked and scored on a single by Eshton Hinkle.  They scored their last run in the fourth when Eshton reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error by the Falcon left fielder.

The Falcons scored runs in the first (1), third (5), fourth (3) and fifth (5) innings. They outhit the Panthers 13-3.

Justin Thurber started for PAC, pitching two and one third innings. He allowed three earned runs on five hits.  Andrew French pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing three runs (two earned).  Samuel Reed made an appearance on the mound pitching one inning.  He allowed seven runs (six earned).  Will Owens was the last pitcher for PAC and gave up on hit.

Game Notes: The Panthers B-Team is now 12-8.

Panthers (JV) – 8              Ben Lippen – 9

In spite of the loss, the Panther JV team showed tonight that it is moving in the right direction. The Panthers Junior Varsity lost to Ben Lippen 16-0 earlier in the season and this time, the Falcons needed a run in the bottom of the last inning to finally put away the game Panthers.

The Panthers fell behind 7-1 after three innings before they begin to claw their way back into the game. They scored three runs in the fourth inning to begin the long trip back.  David Hucks reached on an error and went to third on a single by Samuel Leslie. Samuel stole second and Ben Lippen threw to second to make the out.  Seeing the throw go by the pitcher, David broke for home.  Ben Lippen reacted and cut off the throw to second and fired the ball back towards home but David slid in safely just under the tag.  Samuel, in some heads up base running, also took third on the play.   Samuel then scored on a double by McKinley Proctor.  McKinley advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by Whit Melnyk to close out the scoring for PAC.  After four innings, the Panthers trailed 8-4.

The Panthers closed the gap by one run in the fifth when Micah singled and scored on a single by Samuel Leslie. This made the score 8-5.

The Panthers completed their uphill climb in the top of the sixth when they tied the game up (8-8) by scoring three runs. Avery Blevins singled and promptly stole second base.  Caleb Green hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped for an error.  Avery scored on the play and Caleb motored all the way to third.  Micah West was walked and stole second base.  Billy Amick hit a sacrifice play that scored Caleb from third.  Micah scored when David Hucks reached on an error by the Falcon’s shortstop.

The Panthers game effort was ultimately undone when the Falcons managed to score one run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory. The Panthers showed a lot of heart and fight by never quitting in this game even though it would have been easy to when they were trailing by six runs.

The Panthers outhit the Falcons 13-11. They were led by Avery Blevins who had four singles and Samuel had three.  McKinley had a single and a double and Micah chipped in two singles.

Josh Tanner was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched one and two thirds innings allowing five runs, only two of which were earned.  He gave up four hits and struck out one.  He was relieved by Micah who pitched the remained of the game and turned in an excellent effort.  He pitched five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.  He struck out eight Falcon batters and walked three.

Game Notes: The Panthers had twenty-two productive at bats.  The Panther JV team is now 4-9.