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Mar 16 2016

Panther Baseball Cages Falcons

Panthers (Varsity) – 12  Ben Lippen – 10

Providence Athletic Club invaded Ben Lippen off of Monticello Road last night and walked away with several victories.   The JV and Varsity boys soccer teams caged the Falcons on a field right next to Ben Lippen’s newly renovated baseball stadium and the Varsity baseball team did its part to keep the Falcons from ever getting off the ground.

The Panthers prevailed in a game where Ben Lippen scored early and often but the “never say die” Panthers fought back every time. The Panthers were scoreless in the top of the first and when Ben Lippen came to bat, an old friend of  PAC baseball came back to haunt them.  Cole Owens (who used to play baseball for PAC) reached on a walk, stole second base and eventually scored on a wild pitch giving the Falcons a 0-1 lead after one inning.

The Panthers tied the game up in the top of the second only to see the Falcons plate five runs in the bottom of the frame. The Panthers scored when Cal Hucks singled, advanced to second on a walk to Daniel Williams and scored on a single by Eli Williams.  When the Falcons came to bat, they scored five runs on four hits, a hit batter and a walk.  The big blows for the Falcons were a two run single by Cole and a two run triple by Kitt Capell.  This made the score 1-5 Falcons after two.

The third inning saw the Panthers begin to hunt the Falcons. Anderson Blevins reached on an error by the Falcon shortstop.  He stole second and third base.  Cole Plyler walked and stole second.  James Reed grounded out to drive in Anderson with Cole taking third on the play.  Parker Pocock then reached on an error which scored Cole.  Parker was thrown out trying to steal second which was a shame because a few pitches later Cal launched his first home run at the varsity level over the left field fence.  That completed the scoring for the Panthers in the third and the Falcons were not able to plate a run in their half of the third.  After three, it was 4-6 with the Falcons in front.

In the fourth inning, the Panthers were not able to score and the Falcons extended their lead scoring two runs on three hits. A huge double play initiated by Cal Hucks put an end to the inning, preserving the Panthers chances.  After four innings, the Falcons were leading 4-8.

The Panthers cut the Falcons lead by half by plating two runs in the fifth. Parker Pocock continued his hot hitting by slamming a triple with one out.  He scored when Cal reached first on an error by the Falcon second baseman.  Cal advanced to second on a single by Daniel Williams and then Eli knocked in his second RBI in as many at bats.  The Falcons were unable to score and after five innings, they led 6-8.

The Panthers completed their comeback and temporarily took the lead in the top of the sixth. It was only temporary as the Falcons were able to tie the game back up in the bottom of the frame.  In the Panthers half of the inning, Anderson got everything going with a double to deep left, center field.  Cole Plyler singled to drive in Anderson and Cole was able to advance to second when the Falcons threw the ball home in an attempt to throw out Anderson.  Cal Hucks knocked in his third run of the game when he singled to center field.  With two outs, Daniel Williams hit a deep double to left, center field scoring Cal all the way from first.  The Falcons tied the game back up when Cole Owens scored his third run of the game on a single by Robert Satcher.  After six innings, the game was tied 9-9.

Carson Floyd hit a single to begin the top half of the seventh inning. Anderson reached on an error by the Falcons third baseman.  They advanced to third and second respectively on a passed ball.  Cole Plyler then stroked his second single in as many at bats scoring both Carson and Anderson.  Cole took second on the throw home.  Parker Pocock then singled to score Cole and the Panthers had a three run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.  Things did not start promisingly for the Panthers when the Falcons first batter (Tucker Johnson) reached on a double.  The next Falcon batter popped out to the shortstop (Blevins).  The third Falcon batter struck out and the Falcons were down to their last out.  Chase Gray continued the inning for the Falcons when he hit a single to center field scoring Johnson.  Cole Owns, who had been a thorn in the Panther’s side all night, was now up.  He hit a towering fly ball to right, center field that Parker was able to track down and the Panthers were victorious.

The Panthers continued to swing hot bats as five players had multiple hits and every batter in the line-up had at least one. Parker Pocock had three hits (including a triple) and knocked in two runs.  Cal Hucks alson had three hits (including his home run) and knocked in three runs.  Cal also scored four runs.  Eli, Daniel and Cole all had two hits with Eli and Cole knocking in two runs each. Anderson doubled and scored three runs.

Daniel Williams was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched four innings allowing eight earned runs on nine hits.  He struck out three and walked four Falcon batters.  James Reed relieved Daniel on the mound pitching the last three innings.  He allowed two runs (one earned) in earning the victory.

Game Notes: The Panthers continued their torrid hitting, pounding out another fourteen hits.  Over the last three games, the Panthers have forty-four hits with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs.  Over this span they are averaging thirteen runs a game.  The cool thing is that this is happening up and down the line-up as a multitude of Panther batters are contributing to this onslaught.  The Panthers had 23 productive at bats against a goal of 14.  The Panthers had nine assists in the game led by Daniel Williams with four.  The Panthers hard fought victory improves their record to 9-3.  The take to the diamond again this Saturday when they play a double header against the Greenville Hurricanes at Bray Park.  Game times are 1:00 and 4:00.