Panther Baseball Sweeps Cardinal Newman in Home Tilt

Panthers (JV)  15                              Cardinal Newman  7

On a chilly night at Bray Park, the Cardinals from Cardinal Newman jumped on the Panthers early scoring two in the top of the first inning.  The Cardinal catcher blistered a triple to deep center field scoring one run and then he scored on a groundout.  The Panthers scratched a run across in the second when Cole Owens reached via a single on scored on a long double by Cal Hucks, who remains incredibly hot.  Cardinal Newman seized back the momentum in the 3rd inning by plating three runs on one walk and three singles and scoring another two runs in the 4th inning.  The Panthers answered in the bottom of the 4th inning by evening the game by pushing six runs across in that frame.  Cole Owens led off with a single and then Cal Hucks hit another deep double to left field (did I mention that he was swinging a hot bat?) scoring Cole.  Daniel Barfield singled driving in Cal.  Daniel promptly stole second base and scored on a single by Daniel Williams.  Cardinal pitchers then walked five of the next six Panther batters accounting for the remaining runs of the inning.  Cardinal Newman was done scoring for the night but the Panthers added five more runs in the 5th inning and three more in the 6th mostly due to control problems by Cardinal pitchers.  For the game, Cole Owens went 3-3 with three singles and scored three runs.  Cal Hucks went 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI’s before he left the game after being hit by a pitch on his hand.  Danny Waller hit a long double scoring two runs and Anderson Blevins went 1-2 and drove in three runs.  Pat Brunson started on the mound for the Panthers going 4 2/3 innings.  He struck out seven Cardinals and walked six.  He gave up all seven Cardinal runs but only five were earned.  Anderson Blevins pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing no runs.  He struck out two, walked two and gave up one hit.  Cole Owens finished the game on the mound pitching one inning; striking out one.  The Panthers play Heathwood Hall on Thursday night.


Panthers  9                         Cardinal Newman  8

In the varsity nightcap of the doubleheader, the Panthers prevailed in an exciting game 9-8.  This game did not look like it was even going to be close; however, the game Cardinal squad weathered an early Panther onslaught and fought back to make it a game.  Starting pitcher, Trevor Dacus, sat the Cardinal’s down in order in the top of the first inning.  In the bottom of the frame, after Caleb Wilson ground out, the Panther bats got going.  Josh Hanna singled and then advanced to third on a scorched line drive double by Alex Blevins.  Both runners scored when Danny Morales doubled down the line.  Sean West then drove in Danny as he rattled the fence with a long drive to finish the Panther scoring in the 1st inning.  The Cardinals plated a run in the top of the 2nd taking advantage of a walk, a hit and a Panthers error.  The Panther bats kept going in the second inning as they clawed their way to three more runs.  After a walk to Matthew Lord, Trevor Dacus lined a single to left field.  This brought Caleb Wilson to the plate and he hit a line drive to straight away center that the Cardinal Center Fielder misjudged, took a bad angle and let the ball get by him.  Caleb put on his rocket boosters and rocketed his way to an inside the park homerun.  The game Cardinal squad did not quit however, and scored four runs in the top of the 3rd inning.  They put together three single and two walks and the Panthers helped keep their rally going when they committed one error.    Panther bats were silent in the bottom of the frame and the Cardinals kept the pressure on by tying the game when they plated another run in the top of the 4th when the left fielder scored on a line drive triple by their lead-off hitter.  The Panther bats remained silent in the bottom of the 4th.  In the top of the 5th, the Cardinals completed their comeback by taking a two run lead as three singles led to the runs.  The Panthers did not retire to their den after losing their early lead but struck back in the bottom of the 5th.  Alex and Danny Morales singled to start the inning.  After a fielder’s choice, Danny scored on a wild pitch and Sean, who had reached on the fielder’s choice, scored when James Reed lined a single to left field.  Both teams were quiet in the 6th inning.  Alex Blevins relieved Trevor on the mound after a little excitement managed to strand Cardinal runners on second and third by striking out two straight batters.  This set up the drama of the home team attempting to win a game in the bottom of the last inning.  With one out, Danny Morales was hit by a pitch and advance to first.  After Danny stole second, Sean West hit a grounder to third that the third baseman fielded cleanly but overthrew first base.  Danny scored on the throwing error giving the Panthers the lead and the game.  For the game, Panther batters got eleven hits.  They were led by Caleb Wilson, Alex Blevins and Danny Morales who all had two hits.  Jake Brunson chipped in with a double in the 3rd inning.  Trevor Dacus pitched six solid innings for the Panthers.  The Panther hurler gave up eight runs but only three were earned.  Cardinal hitters collected nine hits against Trevor and he struck out three and walked four in his longest outing of the year.