Panther Baseball Blows Away the Hurricanes

Panthers (JV) – 6              Coastal Hurricanes – 2

The JV baseball team improved its record to 4-8 with a dominant victory over the Coastal Hurricanes in Savannah on Saturday afternoon. The story on this windy day in Savannah was defense (the team only had one error) and pitching – Josh Tanner was dominant in his effort.

The Panthers scored first in the top half of the second when Billy Amick doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Panthers added four more runs in the fifth inning.  Drew McKay was hit by a pitch on the hand so his brother (Alex) replaced him to run the bases.  Alex advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a passed ball.  Josh Tanner walked to put Panthers at first and third.  McKinley Proctor hit an infield single which scored Alex.  Josh went all the way to third on the play and McKinley motored into second.  Whit Melnyk walked and then Caleb Green stroked a single to score Josh.  Micah West was next and he hit a single to score both McKinley and Whit to close out the scoring.  The Panthers held the Hurricanes without a run in the bottom of the inning, so the game went to the top of the sixth with the Panthers sporting  a 5-0 lead.

The Panthers added one run in the top of the sixth when Alex reached on an error and scored on a base hit by McKinley. The Hurricanes tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little, too late.

The Panthers had six hits in the game with no one having more than one. Billy Amick doubled.  As indicated earlier, Josh Tanner pitched a great game.  He pitched six innings (77 pitches) allowing two earned runs on just three hits.  The Hurricanes scored their runs late in the game when Josh was tiring and struggled to find the strike zone.  He struck out six and only walked two batters.  Josh was replaced by Caleb Green who struggled with his control.  He only faced two batters before the Panthers turned to Whit to close the game out for PAC.  He pitched one inning, not allowing any hits or runs.  He struck out one.

Panthers (Varsity) – 4    Coastal Hurricanes – 0

The Panther varsity baseball team followed a fine performance by the JV team with one of their own to sweep the Hurricanes on their home field. John Edens was the story of the game with a truly dominant pitching performance.  He allowed one hit but did not allow any Hurricane runners to reach second.  He walked on batter and hit one batter but he picked both of those runners off as they tried to steal second.  He only faced one batter over the minimum, facing twenty-two batters in his seven innings of work.

John was also instrumental in the Panther offense on Saturday. He went three for four and scored three of the Panther’s four runs.  The first run was manufactured solely by John.  He doubled with one out.  When the pitcher did not look back to make sure John was staying where he was, John broke for third on the pitch almost making it to third before the pitch reached home plate.  When it did reach home plate, the ball was in the dirt and scooted by the catcher.  John saw this and never stopped; rounding third and continuing on home before the startled Hurricane pitcher and catcher could react.

The Panthers added two more runs in the fifth inning. Anderson doubled to begin the inning, beating the centerfielder who broke in on the ball only to realize it was going to be over his head.  The centerfielder turned and hustled back but the ball glanced off of his glove and Anderson raced on into second ahead of the throw.  John singled to knock in Anderson and later scored on a throwing error by the Hurricane catcher.

The Panthers scored their last run in the seventh when John singled, advanced to third on a double by James Reed and scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Pocock.

Game Notes: The Panthers record is now 16-4.  The Panthers had fourteen productive at bats and nine hits.  John’s pitching record is now 3-1.  The Panthers had twelve assists in the game led by John and Tyler Thomason who both had four.  Austin Coates had his first hit at the varsity level.