Panther Baseball Splits with Robert E Lee Cavaliers

Panthers (MS) 2                               Robert E Lee Academy 12

The young Panthers faced a much improved over last year team from Robert E Lee Academy and the tables were turned.  Last year, the Panthers won both games against the Cavaliers rather easily but this year the opposite occurred.  After the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, the Cavaliers really put the game away in the bottom of the frame by sending thirteen batters to the plate; slapping out three hits; accepting seven walks and scoring eight runs.  The Cavaliers scored one more run in the second inning; two more in the third and one in the fifth to end the game early.  The Panthers scored lone runs in the fourth and fifth innings.  In the fourth, Cal Hucks scored on an infield groundout after reaching base via a single.  In the fifth inning, Noah Squires scored on a single by Cal Hucks after reaching base via a walk.  The Panthers only had four hits with Cal collecting two.  William Lawyer and Carson Floyd had the other two hits.  Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for the Panthers going one third of an inning.  He gave up eight earned runs on three hits, walking six.  He was replaced by Carson Floyd who pitched two and two thirds innings.  Carson allowed three runs, one earned.  He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out two.  William Lawyer finished the game and allowed one unearned run on two hits.  He struck out one.  The Panther middle school team is now 4-4 on the season.

Panthers (V) 10                 Robert E Lee Academy 8

The varsity squad continues to find ways to keep winning beating the Cavaliers from Robert E Lee Academy (11-3) on the Cavaliers home field by a score of 10-8.  This was a game in which the Panthers built a sizeable lead and then held on for dear life.  Great and even routine plays early in the game did not seem that important at the time they were made, but those same plays take on extra significance as the game continues to play out.  Some of these plays last night included Clay Dickinson stopping a rocket and throwing the runner out at first in the bottom of the first; Anderson Blevins making a nice backhand play at short and getting a lead runner out at second base in the third inning; Alex Blevins making a diving catch in the outfield grass in the fifth inning to save a run; and Jake Brunson or Clay Dickinson getting a big strikeout when the team needed it.  Life is a lot like this as things happen around us that we do not truly understand the significance of at the time.  But as you get older, you can look back at those seminal moments and begin to see the tapestry being woven in our lives by our sovereign God.  I’m glad I serve a God who is much bigger than me.  Anyway back to the game.  Both teams went down easily in the first two innings without scoring a run.  In the top of the third inning, the Panthers showed their claws by scoring five runs.  The Cavalier pitcher opened the inning by walking four of the first five batters he faced.  Pat Brunson scored the first run of the inning on a passed ball.  Anderson Blevins and Caleb Wilson both scored when the Cavaliers had Anderson in a run-down between second and third but threw the ball over the third baseline fence.  Sean West scored on a RBI single by Clay Dickinson and Clay scored when James Reed slammed a double to deep left center field.  The Panthers added two more in the fourth inning.  With one out, Anderson reached base on an error.  He stole second base and scored on a single by Sean West.  Alex scored the second run of the inning when he reached via a walk and scored on an error by the Cavalier right fielder.  The Panthers made the score 8-0 in the top of the sixth when Alex slammed a triple to right field and scored on a passed ball, getting a great jump on ball that only rolled about seven or eight feet from  the catcher.  The Cavaliers finally dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning when Denton Lee hit a solo homerun to right field.  The Panthers scored the winning runs (as it would turn out) in the top of the seventh.  With one out, Jake Brunson hit a single to right center field.  He stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Pat Brunson.  Pat Brunson stole second base and the catchers throw went into centerfield allowing Jake to score and Pat to advance to third.  Pat then scored on a ground out by Jacob Cain.  This made the score 10-1 as the Cavaliers came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Before the inning was over, the Cavaliers would score seven runs and gather five hits, including a three run home run (Casey Kelley).  Panther pitchers would hit two batters and Panther fielders would commit two errors.  The tying run was at the plate when the Panthers finally and mercifully, recorded the last out and everyone, but especially the coaches and parents, could finally exhale.  The Panthers pounded out eleven hits in the game and were led by Sean West who had four hits with his last being a double.  Pat Brunson had two singles.  Trevor Dacus and James Reed both doubled and Alex tripled.  Both Anderson and Alex scored two runs and Sean, Clay, James and Jacob all drove in runs.  Jake Brunson started the game on the mound for the Panthers.  He pitched three innings allowing no runs on two hits.  Clay Dickinson relieved him on the mound and did fantastic in his first varsity action against good competition.  He pitched three innings allowing three earned runs before tiring in the seventh and being replaced by Alex Blevins.  Clay allowed four hits and struck out three and was the recipient of some stellar defensive plays behind him in the field.  Alex pitched the last inning.  He allowed five runs, only three of which were earned.  He gave up four hits before recording the final out on a ground out to short.  The varsity Panther squad is 11-1 on the season.  They take to the diamond against the Low Country Wildcats on Saturday before heading into their toughest week of the season (four games against quality opponents in six days)