The junior varsity team beat the Knights from North Central 10-4 on Saturday morning. After scoring two runs in the top of the first by taking advantage of a walk and two errors, the Panther team gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame. The two teams both plated runs in the second inning with the Panthers scoring theirs on a RBI ground out by Daniel Barfield. The Panthers scored a single run in the third to tie the game on a RBI groundout by Clay Dickinson and scored another in the fifth on a RBI single by Jacob Cain. The Panthers put away the Knights in the sixth inning by scoring five runs with the big blows coming on a double by Pat Brunson and a two RBI triple by Jacob Cain. Jacob Cain led the way at the plate with three hits (and three RBI’s) and Anderson Blevins had two singles. James Reed contributed a double. JC Ellis pitched five solid innings to earn the win. He gave up no earned runs, only three hits and had seven strikeouts. James Reed finished the game on the mound striking out two in his one inning of work. The junior varsity team is now 6-0.
The varsity team followed up with a victory against the Knights as well winning 10-5. The Knights scored single runs in the first and third innings as the Panthers were completely stymied by the first hurler for North Central. The Panthers broke through with a single run in the fourth inning scoring on a throwing error by the third baseman. The Panthers continued scoring by adding two more runs in the fifth and then exploded for six runs in the sixth by stringing together three hits and taking advantage of two walks and an error. The Panthers scored one more in the seventh scoring Josh Hanna after he knocked a triple with one out in the inning. The Knights attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh by scoring three runs but it was to little to late. The Panthers were led at the plate by the hot hitting Josh Hanna who hit a double and a triple and scored two runs. Danny Morales contributed two hits and two RBI’s. Logan Dickinson pitched six innings to pick up his third win on the season. He only gave up one earned run and four hits. He struck out one and walked none. Thomas Castles finished the game on the mound giving up one earned run. The varsity team is now 4-2.