Panthers (B-Team) – 4 Richard Winn –3
The Panthers B-Team improved to 12-7 with their 4-3 victory over Richard Winn on Tuesday night at Bray Park. In a game marked by intermittent rain showers, the Panthers stormed back from a three run deficit to gain the victory.
The Panthers had to come from behind because they gave up three runs in the second inning. Ethan Hucks, the Panther’s starting pitcher, hit the first batter in the top of the frame. The next batter singled and the third batter of the inning tripled to score two runs. That runner later scored when a pick off throw got away from the Panther third baseman.
The Panthers began their comeback in the fourth inning by plating one run. With two outs Micaiah Hinkle tripled to deep, left centerfield and he kept on going on scored when the relay throw got away from the Eagle shortstop.
The Panthers completed their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Ethan Hucks was walked to start the inning. Will Owens received a free pass as well but he was cut down at second when Cameron hit into a fielder’s choice. Andrew French singled to drive in Ethan. Micaiah singled with two outs to score Cameron and Andrew and give the Panthers a one run lead. The Eagles got a runner to second in the top of the sixth inning but could not advance him any further so the game ended with the Panthers victorious.
The Panthers only had four hits in their victory. Micaiah tripled and singled. Others with hits include Will Owens and Andrew French.
Ethan Hucks pitched four innings for PAC. He allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits. He struck out two and walked three. He was relieved by Micaiah Hinkle who pitched the final two innings. He did not allow a run or hit and struck out three.
Panthers (Varsity) – 10 Richard Winn – 4
The Panthers stopped their losing streak at one by besting the Richard Winn Eagles on Tuesday at Bray Park by a score of 10-4. The Panthers got off to a hot start by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Anderson Blevins doubled to lead off for the Panthers and then John Edens was hit by a pitch. James Reed singled to drive in Anderson and Parker Pocock doubled to score John.
The Panthers added a single run in the second when Carson Floyd reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Anderson. They stretched their lead to 5-0 by scoring two more in the bottom of the third. Parker started everything off with a single. With one out, Daniel Williams executed a perfect hit and run by hitting a ball through a hole on the right side created by the second baseman going to cover second as Parker was off with the pitch. Parker and Daniel both scored on a fielder’s choice by Carson.
The Eagles dented the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs. The Eagle shortstop reached first on an error and kept motoring to second when the throw went to the fence. The Eagle first baseman then singled to score the first run and he took second when the Panther throw from the outfield eluded the Panther catcher. The Eagle designated hitter then singled to plate the second run in the inning. The Panthers did not score in the bottom of the fourth so we went to the fifth with the Panthers firmly in front with a 5-2 score.
The Eagles did not score in the fifth and the Panthers took advantage to extend their lead by scoring three runs. Cal Hucks reached on an error. He advanced to second on a Daniel’s second consecutive single. Matthew Derrick laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Carson Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to score Cal from third and drive in his third run of the game. On the throw home, Daniel scampered on over to third. He later scored on a passed ball. Cole drew a walk with two outs and Anderson continued to swing a hot bat by hitting his second double of the game to drive in Cole all the way from first base.
The Panthers added their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. James Reed doubled to begin the inning. Parker Pocock walked to put runners at first and second. Austin Coates then got his second varsity hit to drive in his first varsity RBI. Parker later scored on an error by the Eagle shortstop.
The Eagles tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh; however, their rally fell short when they only scored two runs leaving the Panthers with the win. The Panthers had ten hits in the game. They were led by Anderson Blevins who had two doubles and a single. Anderson knocked in two runs. James and Parker both singled and doubled. Both had one RBI and Parker scored two runs. Daniel had two singles and scored two runs. Austin had the Panthers other hit.
Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher and earned the victory, pitching five innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out one and walked one in improving his record to 3-1. James Reed closed out the game on the mound by pitching the final two innings. He gave up two runs (both unearned) on one hit. He struck out four.
Game Notes: The win improved the Panthers record to 17-5. The Panthers had 21 productive at bats in the game led by Anderson and Parker who both had three. The Panthers had nine assists in the game led by Anderson, Cole and Carson who all had two. The Panther take to the diamond again on Saturday at Bray Park as they take on the Anderson Cavaliers and the Low Country Wildcats in a three team round robin.