Panthers (JV) – 1 Cardinal Newman – 5
The Panther JV squad lost a tough game to the Cardinal Newman Cardinal’s on Monday night at the Polo Grounds in Blythewood, South Carolina. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead by plating one run in the first inning. Danny Waller doubled with two outs and scored when the Cardinal second baseman made an error on a ball hit by Will Lawyer. Over the balance of the game, the Panthers could not push any more runs across the plate as they stranded eleven runners on base; including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning. While the Panthers struggled to score runs they were playing solid defense, but in the end, could not keep the Cardinals from having one big inning. The JV squad has struggled this year giving up big innings and needs to learn to minimize those innings to give themselves a chance in most games. The big inning for the opposition was the fourth this time. The first six Cardinal hitters reached base via hits, walks and an error and five of them scored. The Panthers actually outhit the Cardinals 6-3 for the game and they gave up fewer walks than the Cardinals (3 to 4). The Panthers did make one more error during the game than Cardinal Newman but the Cardinals did not allow the Panthers to score a run in the innings they made errors. The Panthers were not able to do this during the Cardinal’s big inning. Danny Waller had two hits including a double. Jacob Robinson contributed two singles. Harry Baker doubled but was stranded at third and Jared Conwell contributed a single. Danny Waller started on the mound for PAC. He pitched four innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out two. He was replaced by Tyler Thomason who pitched very well for two innings. He did not allow any runs, hits or walks and struck out two. The loss drops the JV squad’s record to 6-7 on the season.
Panthers (Varsity ) – 3 Cardinal Newman – 2
The Panthers varsity baseball team won an exciting game 3-2 against Cardinal Newman on Monday night. The game was scoreless until the third inning when both teams pushed runs across. The Panthers got things started in the top of the inning. Anderson Blevins doubled with one out and scored on a single by Pat Brunson. The Cardinals threw home to try and get Anderson out but he beat the throw and, during the attempt to get Anderson out, Pat took advantage and advanced to second on the throw. Pat went to third on a single by Clay Dickinson and scored on a single by Trevor Dacus. The Panthers only had seven hits in the game and had four of them in this sequence. The Cardinals got one run back in the bottom of the inning when the leadoff batter reached on an error. Two more Panther errors during the inning allowed that runner to score. The Panthers scored their last run in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch. Anderson tripled to right field scoring Carson all the way from first. This made the score 3-1 and it remained that way until the bottom of the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Trevor Dacus, who had pitched a very good game up until this point, walked the leadoff Cardinal batter. He came back to strike out the second batter of the inning but walked the third batter putting runners on first and second. The Panthers brought in Clay Dickinson to try and save the game for PAC. The first batter he faced lofted a fly ball to deep left field which should have been caught for an out but glanced off of the left fielder’s glove allowing one run to score and putting runners on first and second. The Cardinal clean-up hitter grounded out advancing the runners to second and third with two outs. Clay reached back for a little something extra and struck out the next batter on three straight heaters and ended the game 3-2 in the Panthers favor. As stated earlier, the Panthers had seven hits led by Anderson who doubled and tripled. John Edens contributed two singles as well. Anderson, Pat and Trevor had RBI’s in the game. Trevor was the starting pitcher and pitched another good game. He limited the Cardinals to four hits over his six and one third innings. He walked six batters and struck out three. Clay relieved Trevor pitching the final two thirds of an inning. He gave up the one hit and struck out one Cardinal in earning his first save of the year. Game Notes: The Panthers improve to 12-4. Trevor improved his record this year to 5-0 and is one victory away from tying the Panther single season record for wins of six (Thomas Castles – 2012). He now has eleven career wins besting the record of seven set by Jake Brunson (2013-2014). Anderson had five more assists tonight bringing his total for the season to forty-one after sixteen games. The season record is forty-four which was set last year by Caleb Wilson. The Panthers missed their goal of fourteen productive at bats in this game collecting only twelve but did manage to win the game.