Panther Baseball Declaws Low Country Wildcats 7-1

The Panther varsity baseball team beat the Low Country Wildcats by a score of 7-1 in Charleston on Saturday.  The Panthers plated an early run when Anderson Blevins led off the game with a single, stole second base and scored on a single by Pat Brunson.  The Wildcats answered in the bottom of the frame by scoring a single run taking advantage of some early wildness by Panther starting pitched, Clay Dickinson.  Clay walked the first two batters and then a Panther error allowed one of those runners to score.  The teams were supposed to play two five inning games but it would not work out that way.  The score remained tied 1-1 all the way to the eighth inning when the Panthers finally put the game away by scoring seven runs.  The inning started when James Reed reached on an error.  Clay then stroked a double scoring James from second.  Pat Brunson drove in Clay with a solid single to center field.  Pat stole second base and scored on an error by the Wildcat second baseman which also allowed Trevor to reach base safely.  Trevor later scored on a safety squeeze by Carson Floyd (this was Carson’s first hit of the year).  Carson later scored when Daniel Reed hit a hard grounder to short which was booted for an error.  Daniel Reed scored when his brother, batting for the second time in the inning, hit a double to left center field.  The Panthers pounded out twelve hits on the day.  They were led by Anderson who had three singles.  Clay Dickinson had a double and a single.  Pat and Trevor had two singles and James Reed had a double.  Pat had two RBI’s.  Clay Dickinson was the starting pitcher and pitched well enough to earn the win.  He pitched six solid innings allowing the one earned run.  He struck out eight, walked three and allowed two hits.  Carson Floyd relieved Clay on the mound, pitching two innings.  He allowed one hit but no runs.  The first two batters Carson faced in the seventh inning reached safely but Carson buckled down and did not allow either to score.  One Wildcat batter hit into a fielder’s choice and then Carson struck out the final two batters of the inning.  JC Ellis pitched the final two innings allowing one hit but no runs.  Panther pitchers only allowed four hits in ten innings.  They struck out fourteen Wildcats.  The Panther team is now 5-1 on the year and play Orangeburg Prep on Monday.