Panther Baseball Defeats Red Devils (Great Falls High) 4-3

Panthers (Varsity) – 4    Great Falls High – 3

The Panther varsity baseball team closed play in the Westwood High invitational with a 2-1 record as they defeated Great Falls High School by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday night at Westwood High. The Red Devils from Great Falls struck first plating an unearned run in the top of the first.  The Panthers exploded in their half of the inning collecting four of their five hits for the game and scoring all four of their runs.  Anderson Blevins led off with a single and stole second base.  On the steal, the catcher’s throw to second went into center field allowing Anderson to pick himself up from his slide and motor on over to third.  John Edens then singled to drive in Anderson from third.  Parker Pocock reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a single by James Reed.  Cal Hucks singled to score Parker from second with James advancing to third.  James scored on a ground ball by Daniel Williams to the third baseman who tried to throw James out at home but the tag was applied a little late.  Cal Hucks later scored the final run on a passed ball.

The Red Devils scored their second run in the next inning on a ground out to the second baseman (Reed). Neither team really threated in the third or fourth innings as both pitchers were cruising along, so the Panthers went into the last inning with a 4-2 lead.  Carson Floyd, the Panther’s starting pitcher, induced the first two batters he faced to ground out to short (Blevins).  The next player hit a triple to left center field and then scored on a throwing error by the Panthers making it a one run game.  The fourth batter of the inning singled so the Panthers made a pitching change and went to James Reed to try and get the final out which he did by striking out the only batter he faced.

Carson Floyd earned the win by pitching 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three earns (two earned) on four hits.  He only walked one batter and did not have any strikeouts.  James Reed earned the save by facing the one batter.

Game Notes: The Panthers only had nine productive at bats during the game as they faced a crafty southpaw from Great Falls (Koby Ruff). Nine productive at bats is short of their per game of fourteen but the Panthers still managed to find a way to win.  The Panthers had nine assists during the game with Anderson and James having three each.  The Panthers are now 3-1 on the year and play a double header against the Low Country Wildcats (a homeschool team from Charleston) this Saturday at Bray Park.  The games begin at 2:00 and 5:00.