Panthers (JV) – 3 Heathwood – 8
The Panthers travelled to Heathwood for a Junior Varsity / Varsity Doubleheader on Monday night. The JV teams took the field in bright sunshine and competed hard before the Panthers fell to the Highlanders by a 3-8 score. The Highlanders struck first scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning by taking advantage of one Panthers error and two hits. The Panthers rallied in the top of the second to tie the game. Jacob Robinson drew a walk and Caleb Green reached on a fielder’s choice. They were both driven in by a single to left field by Jared Conwell. The Highlanders struck back in the bottom of the third by plating three runs on four hits. The Panthers clawed back one run in the top of the fourth when Micah West walked, stole second and scored on a double by Austin Coates. Heathwood immediately got that run back plus one more when they scored two in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers threatened in the sixth and seventh innings but could not push any runs across. Heathwood added their last run in the bottom of the sixth. The Panthers pounded out eight hits in the game but left eleven men on base including the bases full in the third and sixth innings. Austin Coates had a double and a single and Tyler Thomason had two singles. Jared had two RBI’s. Danny Waller pitched four innings allowing seven runs, five of which were earned. Danny had eight strikeouts but also allowed eight hits. Tyler replaced Danny on the mound for the final two innings. Tyler gave up one earned run on two hits. The Panther JV squad is now 6-5.
Panthers (Varsity) – 12 Heathwood – 7
The Panthers roared out to a five run lead in the first inning before cruising to a 12-7 victory at Heathwood Monday night. Anderson Blevins led off the game with a walk. On the fourth pitch to Pat Brunson, Anderson broke for second. Pat laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt and when the Highlanders threw Pat out at first, Anderson kept right on motoring around second before sliding safely into third base. James Reed then singled scoring Anderson. Daniel Barfield entered the game as a courtesy runner for Reed, the Panther’s starting catcher. Clay Dickinson doubled sending Daniel to third. Back to back walks to Trevor Dacus and Daniel Reed produced the second run of the inning and loaded the bases. Carson Floyd was then hit by a pitch keeping the bases loaded and scoring the third run of the inning. Trevor Dacus scored on a passed ball and Daniel Reed scored when JC Ellis was walked. In the inning, Highlander pitchers walked or hit six Panther batters. The Panthers added another run in the top of the second when Pat Brunson singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Dickinson. The Panthers effectively ended the game in the top of the fourth when they plated five more runs, all with two outs. Clay started everything out with a single. He scored on a double by Trevor. After a walk to Daniel Reed, Eli Williams hitting for Carson Floyd singled to score Trevor and sending Daniel to third. Cole Plyer then doubled scoring both Daniel and Eli. JC Ellis, the Panthers starting pitcher, then helped his own cause with a double scoring Cole from second. At this point the Panthers led 11-0 and appeared to be cruising for a relatively easy victory. JC continued to hold the Highlanders at bay and the Panthers were held without scoring in the top of the fifth. The game would have ended in the bottom of the fifth if the Panthers could have held the Highlanders without scoring. Alas, it was not to be as the Highlanders plated four runs on three hits. They might have scored more if not for a diving catch by shortstop Anderson Blevins of a line shot off the bat of a Highlander hitter. The game ended up continuing for the full seven innings. The Panthers added their last run in the top of the seventh when Cal Hucks walked and scored on a throwing error by the Highlander third baseman. To their credit, the Highlanders never quit fighting. In the bottom of the seventh inning they scored three more runs causing the Panthers anxiety to grow before the game ended with the Panthers victorious. The Panthers had nine hits for the game. Pat Brunson had two singles and Clay Dickinson contributed a double and a single. Cole and JC both slammed doubles during the fourth inning rally. They led the team with two RBI’s as well. JC Ellis pitched a complete game for the Panthers. He did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning before ultimately surrendering seven. The Panthers have a quick turnaround as they travel to Thomas Sumter tomorrow for their third game against the Generals. The Panthers are now 10-3 on the season.