Panthers (JV) – 3 Cardinal Newman – 6
Playing Cardinal Newman for the second time in less than a week, this game turned out very similar to the first one with the Panthers on the losing end 3-6. The Panthers once again jumped out to an early lead scoring one run in the first. Matthew Derrick singled and later scored on a single by Tyler Thomason. The Cardinals tied the game up in the bottom of the second when Panther errors allowed them to score a run without a hit. The Panthers went back in front in the top of the third when Matthew Derrick singled again and scored on a single by Jacob Robinson. The Cardinals took the lead for good in the bottom of the third by scoring four runs on five hits and one error. The Panthers scored their last run in the top of the fifth when Matthew Derrick walked and scored his third run of the game on a single by Tyler Thomason. The Cardinals got that run back in the bottom of the inning when they combined two hits with a Panther error. The Panthers never seriously threatened in the sixth or seventh innings and the game ended in a loss for PAC. Matthew had three singles and scored three runs. Tyler contributed two singles. Jacob Robinson and Austin Coates contributed the other hits. William Lawyer pitched four innings allowing five runs only two of which were earned. He allowed seven hits and walked one Cardinal batter. He struck out three Cardinals. He was relieved on the mound by Tyler who gave up one unearned run. He gave up two hits and struck out one. The Panthers record slips to 6-8 on the year.
Panthers (Varsity) – 14 Cardinal Newman – 11
This was a wild and wooly affair reminding me of the Junior Varsity game against Ben Lippen in the program’s first year, a game PAC won 20-15. This game was back and forth just like that one was. The Panthers scored four runs in the top of the second. Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch, Daniel Williams walked and Eli Williams was plunked to load the bases. Pat Brunson doubled home two runs and Eli scored on a ground out by Cole Plyer. This ground out moved Pat to third who when scored on a balk by the Cardinal Pitcher. In the middle of the second inning, the Cardinal coaches got into an argument with the umpires about the number of coaches allowed on the field while their team was at bat. By the time the argument was over, at least two coaches had been thrown out of the game. This seemed to provide a spark to the Cardinal offense and they exploded for three runs to get back in the game on three hits and one Panther error. Unfortunately, this was only the first of many Panther errors which kept the game’s outcome in doubt for the entire night. Both teams scored on run in the third the Panthers scoring theirs when John Edens reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when the Cardinal right fielder made an error. This made the score 5-4, PAC, after three innings. Neither team scored in the fourth but runs were plentiful for both teams during the remainder of the game. James Reed led off the fifth with a single and then Clay was hit by a pitch. The Cardinals got two quick outs and had a chance for the third out when they misplayed a grounder by Cal Hucks for an error allowing both James and Clay to score. Cal later scored on a single by Eli Williams. After four and one half innings, the Panthers now led by 8-4. The Cardinals stormed back in the bottom of the fifth and actually took the lead by plating six runs. The Cardinals had three hits, including a triple, accepted three walks by Panther pitching and took advantage of a Panther error in their rally. The score was now 8-10 in the Cardinals favor. The Panthers roared back in the top of the sixth by scoring six runs. Cole led everything off with a walk. James Reed hit a grounder. The Cardinal infield fielded the grounder and threw to second in an attempt to get Cole out at second. The throw pulled the second baseman off the bag; however, and everyone was safe. Clay Dickinson hit a shot up the middle that hit the umpire. The umpires said the ball was dead and awarded Clay first base loading the bases for the Panthers. Trevor Dacus hit an infield single scoring one run and leaving the bases loaded. Daniel Barfield then slapped a single to right field scoring the second and third runs of the inning. Trevor scored on a passed ball making the score 12-10. Cal Hucks and Daniel Williams received back to back walks loading the bases once more. Eli Williams then hit a grounder and the Cardinals threw Daniel Barfield out at home and loading the bases again. Pat Brunson hit an infield single knocking in his third run of the game re-loading the bases. The last run of the inning scored when Cole Plyler received a bases loaded walk. James Reed flew out to center and Clay struck out to end the inning but the damage had been done and the Panthers led 14-10. The Cardinals got the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and managed to score one run before the Panthers escaped without any further damage. The Panthers went quietly in the top of the seventh and we went into the last inning with a four run lead. The Panthers got one quick out on a ground out to Cole at second but two walks and a single loaded the bases with Cardinals. It was definitely to early to be celebrating just yet. A strikeout produced the second out of the inning and the game, finally and mercifully, ended in a Panthers victory. The Panthers had eleven hits versus ten for the Cardinals. Pat Brunson led the Panthers with two hits; a double and a single along with three RBI’s. Clay Dickinson and Eli Williams contributed two singles a piece. JC Ellis was the starting pitcher for PAC. He went four and two thirds innings allowing ten runs but only five were earned. He allowed nine hits and three walks. He did not strike out a batter. He was relieved by Clay Dickinson on the mound. Clay pitched one and two thirds innings giving up one earned run. Clay struggled with his control walking five Cardinal batters. James Reed came into the game in the seventh to try and close the door on the Cardinals. He faced three batters allowing one hits and getting one strikeout before inducing a ground out to third for the final out of the game. Panther fielders made seven errors on the night. It is incredibly difficult to win a game when you give up ten hits, eight walks and make seven errors. To do so you have to be lucky, resilient and have the other team be just as generous as you were. The Cardinals allowed eleven hits; walked six Panther hitters; hit three Panther batters and allowed one batter to reach first due to catcher’s interference. They also made three errors. The Panthers record improved to 13-4 with the victory. Game Notes: The Panthers had 24 productive at bats during the game. Clay received the pitching victory and James Reed earned a save.