Panther Baseball Splits with Savannah Hurricanes

Panthers (JV) – 2              Savannah Hurricanes – 5

The JV Panthers team fell to the Savannah Hurricanes 2-5 on Saturday afternoon at Bray Park in West Columbia.  The Panthers struck first by plating one run in the first inning when Danny Waller doubled and scored on a single by Will Lawyer.  The scored stayed this way until the fourth inning when the Hurricanes scored two runs on one hit and two Panther errors.  It remained a 1-2 game until the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh, the Hurricanes scored three runs when they loaded the bases without a hit using an error, a hit by pitch and a walk.  Just as quickly as the bases got loaded, they emptied when the Hurricane #9 batter (Osako) doubled to score all three runs.  The Panthers were now down four in the last inning.  They managed to score one when Jacob Robinson singled and later scored on a single by Matthew Derrick.  Unfortunately, one run was not enough and the Panthers went down in defeat.  The Panthers had seven hits on the day.  They were led by Matthew Derrick who had three hits including one double.  Daniel Williams pitched six innings for PAC allowing five runs only two of which were earned.  He gave up only one hit and struck out eleven.  The Panthers were ultimately undone by errors and one timely hit.  Matthew Derrick relieved Daniel in the seventh and did not allow a run.  The JV squad is now 6-4.

Panthers (Varsity) – 2    Savannah Hurricanes – 1

The Panthers earned a split with the Savannah Hurricanes in the Junior Varsity / Varsity doubleheader when the Varsity squad walked away with an exciting 2-1 victory at Bray Park in West Columbia.  Just has happened in recent games, the opponents scored first against the Panthers.  The Hurricanes plated one run in the top of the first when their lead-off hitter singled and later scored on a double.  Both team’s bats were quiet most of the game as not a lot of offense was generated.  The Hurricanes threatened to add to their lead in the top of the sixth inning, but a Hurricanes baserunner was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Daniel Barfield to end the inning.  As seems to happen a lot in close baseball games, a great defensive play in the field immediately translates to good things for the offense.   With one out, Pat Brunson reached on an error.  After the second out, Pat sprinted to second on a hit and run and Clay singled allowing Pat to reach third.  With runners at first and third, the Hurricane pitcher balked allowing Pat to score and sending Clay to second.  Clay scored the go ahead and, ultimately the winning run, when Trevor Dacus hit a sharp grounder to the Hurricane first baseman that was misplayed for an error.  The Hurricanes came to the plate in the seventh trailing for the first time in the game needing one run to tie the game.  The first Hurricane batter flew out to Pat Brunson in centerfield.  The final two Hurricane batters were strikeouts for starting Panther pitcher, James Reed.  After allowing the run in the first inning, James buckled down to pitch a complete game for the triumphant Panthers.  James pitched seven innings allowing the one earned run on two hits.  James was dominant after allowing the one run allowing no further hits.  He struck out ten on the day to earn the victory.  He also fielded his position well earning four assists.  The Panthers improved to 9-3 on the year.