Panthers (B-Team) 5 Pelion High – 4
The Panthers B-team extended their winning streak to three games, besting Pelion High’s B-Team 5-4 at Pelion on Thursday night. The Panthers had to fight their way back in this game as the Pelion team scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning. As has happened many times this year, the opposing team has benefited from momentary wildness in Panther pitching to score their runs. The Panthers walked the first two Pelion batters and then made an error. The first Pelion run scored on the error by the Panther pitcher baseman. The next two runs scored on a double by the Pelion shortstop (Austin). Austin scored on the second Panthers error of the inning.
Fortunately, at this point the Panthers stiffened and did not allow another Pelion run to score and they began the long road back by plating two runs in the fourth. Andrew French singled with one out. Billy Amick followed with another single advancing Andrew to second. Both Andrew and Billy advanced one base on a wild pitch and both scored when McKinley Proctor slammed the third straight hit in the inning.
The Panthers scored two more runs in the fourth inning to tie everything up. Billy singled and stole second base. He made his way to third and scored on a wild pitch. Micaiah Hinkle singled with two outs. He later scored on an error by the Pelion second baseman.
The game was now tied heading into the last inning. Will Owens singled with one out. He went all the way to third as the Pelion left fielder misplayed his single. Cameron Duke then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Will. The Panthers retired Pelion 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh and the Panthers had secured the victory.
The Panthers outhit Pelion 8-2. Billy and Micaiah both had two singles. The Panthers had nine productive at bats. McKinley pitched the first two and one-third innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on one hit. He struck out two and walked or hit five batters. David Hucks closed the game out for the Panthers on the mound. He pitched four and two-thirds innings and did not allow a run. He gave up one hit while striking out six. He did not walk a batter.
The Panther B-Team is now 11-7.