Panther Baseball Falls to Laurens Academy Crusaders

Panthers (Varsity) – 4    Laurens Academy – 9

The Panthers lost a well-played game by a score of 9-4 against the Laurens Academy Crusaders on Monday night in Laurens, South Carolina. The loss dropped the varsity team’s record to 16-5.

Laurens scored in the first on the strength of a double and a single. They added three more in the third on three hits sandwiched around a walk and a hit by batter.  They added a fifth run in the third on a walk and a double.

The Panthers finally scored their first run in the fourth when John Edens continued his hot hitting by singling to left field. James Reed doubled putting runners at second and third.  Parker Pocock grounded out to the Crusader shortstop.  Cal Hucks then drove in James with a sacrifice fly to center field.  Unfortunately, the Crusaders got those runs right back in the bottom of the frame.  A walk started the inning for Laurens.  Then they hit a single and a double to score their two runs.

The Panthers added one run in the fifth when Carson reached on a fielder’s choice and was driven in by Anderson when he doubled down the left field line. The Crusaders again responded by getting that run back.  A lead-off walk came back to haunt the Panthers when that runner scored later in the inning on a single to centerfield.

The Crusaders scored their last run in the sixth and the Panthers entered the last inning trailing by a score of 9-3. The first two Panther batters reached via a walk and a hit by pitch but the Crusaders only allowed one of those runs to score as they slammed the door shut on the Panthers chances.

The Panthers had seven hits in the game and they were sprinkled up and down the line-up. Anderson and James both doubled.

Carson was the starting pitcher for PAC and took the loss dropping his record to 3-2. He pitched three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.  He struck out two and walked or hit two.  Carson was relieved by Matthew Derrick who pitched two innings.  He allowed three earned runs on four hits.  He struck out one and walked two.  Tyler Thomason pitched the final inning.  He allowed one earned run on two hits.

Game Notes: The Panthers continue their struggle at the plate but the coaches saw enough last night that they feel the team is moving in the right direction. The Panthers had ten productive at bats and fourteen assists, led by Anderson with four.