The Panther varsity baseball team played their second game in the Hammond pre-season tournament on a cold, damp Monday night and walked away with their second win of the season, defeating Orangeburg Prep 16-4. The first inning was quiet for both teams; however, the Panthers stuck for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Dacus got everything going with a single and the second batter, Pat Brunson, was hit by a pitch. The Indians from Orangeburg Prep induced two quick outs but then things fell apart. Indian pitchers walked six of the next eight batters. The walks were sandwiched around an error which continued the inning and a double by Clay Dickinson which scored two. The Panthers added one run in the third when Anderson Blevins hit an inside the park home run, beating hitting a line drive over the center fielder’s head. The Indians finally dented the scoreboard in the fourth inning, scoring three runs by taking advantage of five free passes and one single. The Panthers got those runs back and more by scoring eight runs in the fourth inning. Trevor and Pat Brunson led off the inning with walks. Carson Floyd hit a fly ball to the Indian left fielder which was misplayed for an error. With the bases loaded, Daniel Barfield hit into a fielder’s choice when the Indian’s second baseman fielded his grounder and threw Trevor out at the plate. JC Ellis then walked scoring one run. Anderson got his third hit of the game to drive in two more runs. Cole Plyer and James Reed both walked and then Trevor clubbed a double plating two more runs. Pat Brunson then slammed a triple to right center field scoring two more runs (Pat’s hit could possibly have been a second inside the park home run but good sportsmanship dictated at this point that Pat be held at third). This closed out the scoring for the Panthers. Orangeburg Prep scored one in the top of the fifth inning but it was not enough to continue the game and everyone was able to retreat to the warmth of their cars and homes. Anderson led the Panthers with three hits and four RBI’s. He also scored three times. Trevor had two hits, including his double and knocked in three runs. Anderson, Pat and Cole reached base all four times they were at the plate. JC Ellis was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He pitched three innings allowing no runs and only one hit. He struck out two Indian batters and did not issue a walk. Pat Brunson followed JC to the mound and struggled with his control walking four batters and allowing three runs. Daniel Reed pitched the final inning and a third allowing three hits and one run. He struck out one batter and did not issue a free pass.
Feb 17 2015