Panthers (JV) 7 Anderson Cavaliers 8
The Panther junior varsity squad lost a heart breaker on Saturday against the Cavaliers from Anderson when they allowed four runs in the seventh inning. The early part of the game was low scoring with the Cavaliers scoring one run in the first and one run in the third to lead 2-0. The Panthers finally got on the board by scoring one run in the fourth. Cole Plyler reached via an error and scored on a single by Cal Hucks. The Cavaliers added to their lead by plating two more runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a double and a Panther error. The Panthers responded in the bottom of the fifth by scoring five runs to take the lead. With one out, Daniel Williams and John Edens hit consecutive singles. The Cavaliers then helped the Panther cause by committing an error at third on a grounder by Cole Plyler. Cal Hucks then walked to load the bases and William Lawyer, continuing his good hitting of late, hit a triple to clear the bases. William later scored on a single by Carson Floyd. The Panthers added a run in the sixth when the Cavaliers walked four straight batters to score Daniel Williams. In the top of the seventh, things came apart for the Junior Varsity squad. The first batter of the inning walked. The second was hit by a pitch and the next batter reached on an error. The next three batters reached when two of them were hit by the pitch and the other reached on an error. You add in a walk and a sacrifice fly and pretty soon you have let your opponent score four runs without allowing a hit. The Panthers tried to rally in the bottom of the inning but stranded a runner at third. The Panthers had eight hits on the game. William Lawyer had the triple and Carson Floyd had three singles. The Panthers pitched well enough to win but, in the end, their defense let them down. Matthew Derrick pitched the first four innings. He allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on five hits. He struck out ten and walked three. William Lawyer relieved him on the mound and pitched the fifth and sixth innings. He allowed three unearned runs without giving up a hit. Danny Waller pitched the final inning and gave up one unearned run. The Panther Junior Varsity squad is now 7-4.
Panthers (V) 11 Anderson Cavaliers 14
The varsity squad lost its third game in a row in a Saturday afternoon slugfest at Bray Park in West Columbia. The Panthers took an early lead in the bottom of the first when James Reed scored on a single by Alex Blevins. The Panthers added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Trevor Dacus walked with one out. Jacob Cain was later hit by a pitch and he and Trevor both advanced a base on a passed ball. With two outs, Daniel Reed hit a fly ball to left center field which was dropped by the center fielder when he attempted to make a running catch thus allowing Trevor and Jacob to score. The Cavaliers fought back in the top of the third inning scoring three runs to tie the game. In the bottom of the third, the Panthers retook the lead when Alex doubled to deep left field with one out and scored on a single by Jake Brunson. The Panthers went up by two in the bottom of the fourth when Daniel Reed singled and scored on a double by Caleb Wilson. The Cavaliers tied the score once again in the top of the fifth when the Panthers committed two errors to open the door for them. The Panthers answered again in the bottom of the fifth when they clawed for one run to retake the lead when Sean West was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Jake Brunson. The Cavaliers plated six runs in the top of the sixth inning on three hits. They also took advantage of three walks and two Panther errors. The Panthers were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth so the Cavaliers came to bat in the last inning with a five run lead. They added to this total by plating three additional runs on four straight hits. The Panthers now trailed by eight runs and made a valiant attempt to come back by scoring five runs but ultimately falling short. The Panthers pounded out five straight hits in the rally with Caleb Wilson knocking a two run triple. The Panthers had thirteen hits for the night, normally enough to win; however, they gave up fifteen hits and made eight errors. After struggling with the bats over the past couple of games, it is good to see the bats reawaken. Multiple Panther batters had more than one hit: Caleb Wilson (double and triple); James Reed (two singles); Alex Blevins (single and double); Jake Brunson (single and double); and Daniel Reed (two singles). The other four starters all had at least one hit. Caleb Wilson, Jake Brunson and Jacob Cain all had two RBI’s. Daniel Reed was the Panther starter. He lasted four innings and allowed three runs, none of which were earned. He gave up six hits. Jake Brunson replaced Daniel on the mound and pitched one inning. He allowed five runs (three earned), on three hits. Alex ended the game on the mound for PAC; allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits. The Panthers are now 12-4 on the year and next face some more Cavaliers (Calhoun Academy). On a side note, Anderson Blevins missed his third consecutive game as he nurses his thumb injury sustained during the game against Robert E Lee and the Panthers lost James Reed during this game when he severely twisted his ankle late in the game. After the game, the coaches talked to the players about the length of the season and how we were all tired as we bring our third month of baseball to a close. We discussed the need for perseverance and finishing, strongly the race set before us. Needless to say, this has an impact on their life beyond baseball and is a good reminder for the coaches as well as we are dragging a bit as well. The Panther varsity team is now 12-4.