Taking advantage of a seemingly rare break in the weather, the Panther varsity baseball squad rolled to a surprisingly easy 16-2 victory over the Eau Claire Shamrocks on Monday night. The visiting Panther squad put the game out of reach in the first inning by plating nine runs. After a quick out, the Panthers slapped four straight singles scoring two runs. A Shamrock error allowed another run to score. After the second out of the inning, the Panthers pounded out four more hits and took advantage of two free passes by Shamrock pitching to score the final six runs of the inning. The Panthers plated two more runs in the second inning, three more in the third and two more in the fourth. The Shamrocks scored single runs in the second and third innings. Overall the Panthers had fourteen hits and sixteen RBI’s. James Reed, Clay Dickinson and JC Ellis all had two hits. Anderson Blevins had a double and three RBI’s. Clay Dickinson also had three RBI’s. Eli Williams, Parker Pocock and JC Ellis all got their first hits of the year with Eli and Parker’s hits being their first at the varsity level. For the game, the Panthers had 28 productive at bats compared to a goal of 14 per game. JC was the starting pitcher for PAC and earned the win. Due to the score, JC only pitched two innings but in those two innings, he limited the Shamrocks to one unearned run and did not give up a hit. He struck out four and walked three. John Edens replaced JC on the mound and pitched the last two innings. He gave up one unearned run on two hits. He struck out five, walked one batter and hit one batter.
Game Notes: The Panther varsity baseball team improves to 3-1 on the year. All sixteen players appeared in this game with thirteen of those players getting at least one hit. All but two players have gotten at least one hit this year after four games.