Panthers (Varsity) – 6 Anderson Cavaliers – 8
The Panthers dropped a winnable game against the Anderson Cavaliers 8-6 on Friday night in Anderson, South Carolina. The Panthers got the bases loaded with only one out in the top of the first but could not push any runs across as a strikeout and a ground out ended the inning.
The Cavaliers scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. A Cavalier singled with one out and promptly stole second base. He eventually scored on a passed ball. The Panthers tied the game in the top of the third when Anderson Blevins reached on an error, eventually scoring on a second Cavalier error. The Cavaliers responded by immediately retaking the lead in the bottom of the frame on two straight singles.
The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the top of the fourth inning. Two errors and a walk loaded the bases for the Panthers with no outs. Carson doubled driving in the first two runs of the inning. Anderson Blevins grounded out driving in the third run. The last run of the inning scored on the third Cavalier error of the inning. Again the Cavaliers answered when they got the bases loaded and scored two on a double by Dillan Lockaby. The Panthers led by a score of 5-4 after four innings.
The Panthers added to their lead by scoring a single run in the top of the fifth when Cal Hucks scored after reaching base by stroking a single to center field. The Cavaliers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when they plated three runs on one hit by pitch, three walks and a double.
The Panthers did not score in the sixth or seventh inning while the Cavaliers plated one more run in the bottom of the sixth after Dillan Lockaby hit his second double in as many at bats.
Daniel Williams was the starting pitcher for PAC. He surrendered four runs but only one run was earned. He gave up three hits, walked four and struck out five Cavalier batters. He was replaced by James Reed who pitched two innings and allowed three earned runs on two hits. He was struck out three and allowed four free passes via walks or batters hit by the pitch. Cal Hucks finished the game by pitching one inning, allowing one unearned run.
Game Notes: James Reed (0-2) took the loss. The Panthers had seven hits and were led by Anderson who had two singles. Carson had a two RBI double and Danny Waller had his first hit at the varsity level when he clubbed a double to deep left field. The loss lowered the Panthers record to 6-3.