Panther Baseball Advances to State Championship Game

Panthers (Varsity) – 11  Low Country Wildcats – 0

The Panthers beat the Low Country Wildcats 12-0 in a semi-final game for the 2015 Home School Baseball Tournament.  Their victory advances the Panthers to the championship game on Friday night as they take on the Anderson Cavaliers.  Trevor Dacus won his seventh game of the year, pitching a three hitter over five innings.  He struck out six and walked one batter.  The Panthers jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Anderson Blevins reached on an error by the Wildcat shortstop.  Pat Brunson singled to center field and the Wildcat center fielder misplayed the ball allowing Anderson to score and Pat to reach third base.  Pat later scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Dickinson.  The Panthers added to their lead in the second.  With one out, Cole Player advanced to first after being hit by a pitch.  He advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third base.  After JC Ellis drew a walk, Anderson Blevins hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Cole.  JC advanced to third on Pat Brunson’s second hit of the game.  JC scored on a single by James Reed.  Pat scored to close out the scoring for the Panthers in the second so the game advanced to the top of the third inning with the Panthers firmly in front 5-0.  The Wildcats held the Panthers without a run in the third but the Panthers exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to effectively end the game.  Cole Plyer started everything off with a single to center field.  JC laid down a pretty sacrifice bunt on a pitch that Cole was stealing second base on.  Cole was able to advance all the way to third on the bunt when the Wildcat third baseman did not get back to cover his position in time to receive the throw.  Anderson singled to score Cole and promptly stole second base.  Pat hit his third consecutive single to score Anderson.  James Reed, Clay Dickinson and Trevor Dacus hit back to back to back singles to load the bases and score Pat.  James Reed scored when Daniel Barfield drew a bases loaded walk.  Clay scored on a fielder’s choice by Carson Floyd where Carson was robbed of a hit by a fine play by the Wildcat second baseman.  Trevor scored when Cole had his second hit of the inning.  The Wildcats finally recorded the final out sending the game to the top of the fifth with the visiting team trailing 11-0 and with one more chance to score two runs so the game could continue.  They managed to get one single but could not score them or get any other runners on base so they game ended early due to the 10 run rule.  The Panthers had twenty productive at bats for the game.  The win advanced PAC’s record to 16-6.