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May 11 2014

Panther Baseball Bounces Back Against Providence Academy in NACA Tournament

Panthers (V) 4                   Providence Eagles 1

The Panthers bounced back from their loss earlier in the day by beating a fellow Providence team; albeit, one from Johnson City, Tennessee. After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the first inning, the Panthers jumped out in front by plating three runs in the bottom of the frame. Anderson Blevins led off with a walk and Caleb Wilson followed with his first hit at the tournament. Alex Blevins hit a hard grounder deep in the hole between short and third that the shortstop managed to get a glove on but his throw to first was off target and sailed into the Panther dugout allowing both Anderson and Caleb to score. Alex later scored on a double by Clay Dickinson to left center field. Both teams had a quiet second inning but the Eagles dented the scoreboard by scoring one in the top of the third inning on the strength of a double and a single. The Panthers immediately got that run back in the bottom of the frame. Caleb led off with a single and scored on a double by Alex Blevins. Both teams did not score for the remainder of the game even though the Panthers threatened several times. The fact that the Eagles did not score again was the result of some great work by James Reed on the mound. He pitched a complete game only allowing the one unearned run. He gave up ten hits and struck out four. The Panthers played good defense behind James making plays with men in scoring position. Caleb Wilson, Anderson Blevins and Alex Blevins all contributed defensive gems in helping James pitch out of some sticky situations. The Eagles outhit the Panthers 10-7 but the Panthers led at the end of the game in the stat that ultimately matters: runs. The Panthers are now 17-6 on the season and continue tournament play against Faith Baptist on Thursday.