Game 1: Panthers (Varsity) – 7 Low Country Wildcats (3)
Game 2: Panthers (Varsity) – 6 Low Country Wildcats (5)
The Panthers swept the Low Country Wildcats in a Varsity baseball double header on a beautiful day for baseball at Bray Park on Saturday afternoon. The first game saw the Panthers lead for most of the game on their way to a 7-3 victory. The Wildcats struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. With one out, Will Devito singled and was advanced to third on another single by Josh Long. Dustin Cofield then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Devito. The Panthers got that run right back in their half of the frame. Anderson Blevins led off with a double and promptly stole third base. He then scored on an infield ground out.
The score remained 1-2 until the bottom of the third inning when the Panthers scratched for two runs. Matthew Derrick and Eli Williams hit back to back singles to start the inning. Matthew went to third on Eli’s hit and then Eli stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Anderson then slammed a single to right center to score both runs.
The Panthers made the score 6-1 in the fourth when they scored three more runs. James Reed reached first on an error by the Wildcat shortstop. With one out, Daniel Williams singled sending James to third. Daniel then stole second base. Jacob Robinson singled in James and Daniel scored on a passed ball. Jacob scored to close out the scoring when he crossed home on a groundout by Matthew.
The Panthers scored their last run in the fifth inning. John Edens reached on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by James Reed. The Wildcats tried to mount a comeback in the last inning by scoring three runs but it was too little, too late and the game ended with the Panthers victorious.
Cal Hucks (1-1) pitched five innings to claim the win. He allowed one earned run on nine hits. He was relieved by Matthew Derrick who pitched the final two innings allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Game Notes: The Panthers had twelve productive at bats for the game and nine hits. The Panthers were led by Anderson and Daniel Williams who both slammed out two hits, with both batters hitting a single and a double. Anderson had two RBI’s. The Panthers had five assists (Blevins – 2). The Panthers improved their record to 4-1. Tyler Thomason was a late scratch due to a leg issue.
The Panthers also prevailed in the second game; however, this game was to close for comfort as the Panthers trailed for most of the game. The Panthers did strike first by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Anderson Blevins, again, got the Panthers going right out of the gate. He slammed a triple to deep center field. John Edens and Cal Hucks both drew walks to load the bases. With one out, Carson Floyd singled in both Anderson and John. Cal Hucks was eventually stranded at third. And then the Panther bats went quiet.
The Wildcats dented the scoreboard in the third inning by scoring four runs to take the lead. They did this on the strength of two hits and two Panther errors. They extended their lead in the fourth inning by scoring one more run on two hits.
The score remained 2-5 until the Panthers half of the fifth inning. Anderson led off with his second triple of the game; later scoring on a ground out by James Reed. This closed the gap by one run but the Panthers never say die attitude came fully to light in the bottom of the sixth inning when they took the lead and broke the Wildcat’s hearts. Daniel Williams led off with a walk but his courtesy runner was thrown out on a steal attempt. With two outs, Cole Plyler reached on an error by the Wildcats right fielder. He then scored on a single by Eli Williams and the Panthers now trailed by only one run. Anderson continued his hot hitting and hit a soft blooper over the first baseman’s head into no man’s territory. Eli was off with contact and managed to score in a close play at the plate. John Edens then broke a hitless streak and stroked a single to centerfield scoring Anderson from second and pushing the Panthers to the lead.
The Wildcats had one last chance to try and tie the score. Their leadoff hitter singled to begin the inning. After a strikeout, Panther pitching walked the next batter to put Wildcats at first and second; however, two straight strikeouts ended the game and the Wildcat’s chance to beat the Panthers for the first time.
The Panthers had eight hits in the game and were once again led by Anderson who had three hits (two triples and one double) and eight total bases. He also had one RBI. Cole Plyler doubled and Carson Floyd had two RBI’s.
Danny Waller was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He pitched three and one third innings allowing five runs of which only one was earned. He gave up six hits and struck out four. He did not walk a batter. Daniel Williams relieved Danny on the mound and pitched the final three and two thirds innings. He did not allow any runs and only gave up one hit. He struck out six.
Game Notes: The Panthers had fifteen productive at bats. Daniel Williams was the winning pitcher (1-0). The Panthers had four assists in the game (Reed – 2). The Panthers are now 5-1 on the year and go into action again on Monday night against Gray Academy at Bray Park. Game time is 7:00.