PAC Baseball Splits with Highlanders

Panthers (JV) – 10           Heathwood – 4

The JV baseball squad won their second game in a row besting the Highlanders from Heathwood Hall 10-4 on Monday night at Bray Park.  After a scoreless first, the Panthers jumped out in front in the bottom of the second inning when they scored three runs.  Jacob Robinson reached on an error to begin the rally.  Caleb Green received a walk to put runners on first and second.  Micah West singled to plate the first run of the inning.  Jared Conwell followed that with a single of his own to score Caleb.  Cal Hucks later singled to score Micah from third to close out the inning.  The Highlanders and Panthers exchanged single runs in the third inning.  PAC scored theirs when Caleb walked and scored on another single by Jared.  The Highlanders went quietly in the top of the fourth and the Panthers took advantage to expand their lead in the bottom of the frame.  Matthew Derrick and Cal received back to back walks.  Matthew scored on a single to center by Danny Waller.  Cal and Danny both scored on Highlander errors.  The Highlanders edged closer by scoring two runs in the fifth inning making the score 7-3.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers added another three runs to their scoring column.  Danny and William Lawyer hit back to back singles with one out.  Austin Coates reached base safely after being hit by a pitch.  Danny and Austin scored on Highlander errors and William was driven in by a Caleb Green single.  The Highlanders managed to score one run in the top of the seventh but it was too little too late.  The Panthers outhit their competition 11-5 for the game.  Danny Waller had three singles and an RBI.  Caleb Green had a single, a double, one RBI and scored two runs.  Jared had two singles and two RBI’s.  Cal Hucks was the winning pitcher for PAC.  He went four innings, allowing only one unearned run.  He surrendered two hits and did not walk a batter.  He struck out three.  William closed the game out on the mound by pitching the final three innings.  He gave up three unearned runs on three hits.  He struck out four and walked on Highlander batter.  The JV record improved to 8-9 with the win.

Panthers (Varsity) – 9                    Heathwood – 10

PAC and Heathwood have played some very good baseball games over the years, both at the varsity and junior varsity levels.  It seems like recently; however, that they games have not been very close so it was good to see an old fashioned slugfest between these two teams on Monday night.  I think both teams were enjoying the game so much that neither wanted the game to end so they agreed to just keep playing; going nine innings before the affair was settled.  The Highlanders struck first by plating one run in the top of the first taking advantage of two Panther errors.  The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the frame when James Reed singled and scored on a triple by Clay Dickinson.  The Highlanders were held scoreless in the top of the second and the Panthers took the lead for the first time in the bottom of inning.  John Edens led off with a double.  He advanced to third and home on wild pitches.  Carson Floyd singled and stole second base.  Carson advanced to third when Pat Brunson reached on an error by the Highlander first baseman.  Pat stole second and James drove both of them in on a single to left field.  The Highlanders tied the game back up in the top of the third.  Brandon Walden doubled with one out.  The Highlander clean-up hitter drew a walk.  Madison Walden singled to score Brandon.  Benton Mason then doubled to score Austin and Madison.  The Panthers finally got out of the inning stranding two Highlander baserunners.    The Highlanders kept the pressure on by scoring another three runs. The Panthers walked the bases loaded.  The first run scored on a passed ball and the next two runs scored on timely hits.  The Highlanders increased their lead to 8-4 in the top of the fifth.  A single, an error and walk loaded the bases once more for Heathwood.  There were not outs yet in the inning but the Panthers were able to limit the damage, only allowing one run on a sacrifice fly to center field.  The Panthers began their climb back into the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Clay and Trevor Dacus hit back to back singles.  Clay scored on a sacrifice fly by John Edens.  Trevor then scored on a single by Daniel Reed.  The Highlanders did not score in the sixth and the Panthers scored two to tie the game back up.  Pat Brunson opened the inning with a double and then Cole Plyer walked.  James Reed doubled to score Pat and Trevor hit a sacrifice fly to score Cole from third.  The Highlanders stranded two runners in the top of the seventh and the Panthers did not threaten in the bottom of the frame so the fans were able to enjoy “free” baseball.  The Panthers recorded three straight outs in the top of the eighth so they came to bat in the bottom of the inning with a chance to end the game.  Pat Brunson was hit by a pitch and then the Panthers found two different ways to squander the opportunity.  First, they were not able to get a bunt down to advance Pat to second.  Then with one out, Pat stole second only to be called out on interference.  The umpires ruled that the Panther batter had interfered with the ability of the Highlander catcher to attempt to throw out Pat at second.  So after getting the leadoff hitter on, there were now two outs and no one on base.  A groundout to short ended the opportunity and the inning for PAC.  We now moved to the ninth inning.  The Highlanders got a lead-off single and sacrificed him to second.  On the play, the Panthers did not cover third so the Highlander runner was able to go straight past second to third base.  The third batter of the inning was hit by a pitch and this runner advanced to second on a ball that bounced a few feet away from the Panther catcher.  Both runners then scored on an error.  The Panthers ended the inning but the damage was done and they Panthers had to see if they could fight back one more time.  And boy, did they try.  John Edens got his second hit of the game with two outs.  Carson took one for the team when he was hit by a pitch.  Daniel Reed got his second hit and RBI of the game when he knocked in John.  Daniel Williams then drew a walk to load the bases for Pat Brunson.  Pat smoked the first pitch he saw to center field.  It was a great hit, but the centerfielder only had to run three or four steps to make the catch and end the Panther’s rally and the game.  The Panthers outhit the Highlanders 14-10 led by James Reed who had three hits, including a double.  He drove in three runs.  Clay Dickinson added three hits, including a triple.  John Edens had two hits, including a double.  Carson Floyd and Daniel Reed both had two singles.  Clay was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He pitched three and two thirds innings allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits.  He walked seven and struck out four.  He was relieved by Daniel Reed who pitched four and two thirds innings.  Daniel allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks.  He struck out one batter.  James finished on the mound and pitched the final two thirds of an inning.  He walked one and struck out two.  The varsity team’s record falls to 14-5.  Game Notes:  Cal Hucks was hit by a pitch on his hand while it was still on the bat and had to leave the game.  He appears to be ok.  Anderson Blevins missed his third straight game due to illness.  The Panthers beat their goal of fourteen productive at bats per game by reaching 25.  Normally this is more than enough to win but the Panthers ultimately could not overcome ten walks, one hit by pitch, five fielding errors and three or four mental errors.  Clay had six assists during the game.