The Panthers B-Team comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth graders won their first game of 2015, besting the Generals from Thomas Sumter 11-6. After holding the Generals scoreless in the top of the first inning, the Panthers scored two in the bottom of the frame. Avery Blevins led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by McKinley Proctor. McKinley scored the second run later in the inning. The Panthers added four more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Robert Hogg led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Seann Bryant. Whit Melnyk drew a walk and McKinley got his second hit of the game scoring two. David Hucks followed with a double scoring the final two runs of the inning. The Panthers continued their success in the hunt by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the third. Will Owens and Robert Hogg both scored after reaching base with solid singles. The Panthers added a single run in the fourth inning when Samuel Leslie scored on an error after reaching base via a walk. The Generals charged into the scoring column in the top of the fifth inning, plating two runs on two hits and two walks. In the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers scored their final two runs. Samuel, Will and Seann all had hits in the rally. In the top of the sixth inning, the Generals scored four more runs but it was not enough to continue the game as the Panthers had a ten run lead after five innings. Overall the Panthers had fourteen hits and were led by David Hucks (three hits) and McKinley Proctor, Samuel Leslie, Will Owens and Seann Bryant who all had two hits. Samuel Leslie pitched the first four innings for the Panthers and did not give up any hits or runs. Avery Blevins pitched the final two innings and gave up six runs, four of which were earned. He allowed three hits and walked four. The Panther B-Team is now 1-0 on the season.
The Panthers varsity baseball team beat the Generals from Thomas Sumter for the second time this season winning 10-0 in five innings. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Panthers scratched for one run in the bottom of the second inning. Pat Brunson singled and stole second base. He advance to third on a single by Trevor Dacus and then then scored on a dropped third strike when Cal Hucks was at bat. To complete the out on Cal, the catcher had to throw the ball to first base before Cal could reach first. His throw beat Cal to first but when the catcher made the throw, Pat streaked home to score the game’s first run. Both teams were scoreless in the third inning and the Panthers blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth by scoring four runs. Clay Dickinson doubled with one out. Pat Brunson followed with a walk putting two Panthers on base. Trevor Dacus doubled scoring both Clay and Pat. Cal Hucks and Carson Floyd were both hit by pitches loading the bases for Anderson Blevins. He singled scoring two runs and completing the scoring for the Panthers in the fourth inning. The Panthers ended the game in the fifth by scoring five runs. James Reed opened the inning with a double. He scored from second on a long fly ball to left field by Pat Brunson when the left fielder caught the fly ball and delayed in throwing the ball back into the infield. With two outs, Trevor Dacus got his third hit of the game. Daniel Barfield singled and Daniel Williams and Daniel Reed received free bases loading the bases for the second inning in a row for Anderson Blevins. Anderson again stroked a two run single to right field driving in two runs. Cole Plyer singled driving in the final run of the game. Trevor led the Panthers with three hits, including one double. He had two RBI’s. Clay and James Reed both doubled for the Panthers. Anderson Blevins had two singles and four RBI’s. James Reed pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on one hit. He struck out six and walked two. The Panthers had sixteen productive at bats in the game. The Panther varsity squad is now 4-1 on the year and play again on Saturday against the Low Country Wildcats.