Panthers (JV) – 17 Orangeburg Prep – 1
The Panther JV baseball squad won its second game of the year defeating the Indians from Orangeburg Prep on Monday night. The Panthers pounded out seventeen hits in the victory as hits were easy to find up and down the line-up. Matthew Derrick had three hits including two triples and had three RBI’s. Danny Waller had three hits including a double and two RBI’s. Caleb Green had two hits. Austin “Stump” Coates and Harry Baker had their first hits as Panthers. The Panthers scored in every inning; scoring five runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third and eight in the fourth to end the game. Matthew Derrick pitched two innings for the Panthers allowing no runs on two hits. He also walked two and struck out three. Tyler Thomason relieved him on the mound pitching the final two innings. He allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out one and walked one. The Panther JV squad is now 2-1 on the year.
Panthers (V) – 5 Orangeburg Prep – 4
In an exciting conclusion to the JV / Varsity baseball doubleheader the Panthers held off the Orangeburg Prep Indians 5-4. The Indians scored first plating one run in the first inning after a walk to their lead-off hitter. Chris Brown stole second after the walk and scored on a single by Timmy Schriver. The Panthers answered in the bottom of the first scoring two runs. Anderson Blevins led off with a single and advance to second on a wild pitch. Pat Brunson walked and after two outs Trevor Dacus lined a hit to left field that the Indians left fielder misplayed into a two out, two RBI triple. Both teams were quiet in the second inning. The Panthers extended their lead in the third inning by scoring two runs. Pat Brunson singled and James Reed walked. A wild pitch put Pat at third and James at second. Clay Dickinson then delivered a two RBI single slapping a hard single up the middle to center field. The Indians gathered themselves and went on the warpath in the top of the fourth inning. The scored three runs to tie the game at four. The Indians had five hits in their rally. The Indians would have had more runs but James Reed made a diving stop of a hard grounder at first and beat the hitter to first leaving the bases loaded full of Indians. The Panthers retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring one run. Daniel Williams drew a walk and courtesy runner, Daniel Barfield, stole second base and advance to third on an error by the Indian shortstop. Daniel then scored on a sacrifice fly by Pat Brunson. This completed the scoring for the night but there were still three nail biting innings for the Panthers to survive before they could walk off the field with a victory. The Indians left two runners on base in the fifth inning but went down 1,2,3 in the sixth inning. The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the sixth but did not score. The Indians got their lead-off hitter on base in the seventh inning. Their next batter struck out and then the game ended on a 5-6-3 double play (Dickinson-Reed-Dacus) and the Panthers could finally exhale. The Indians outhit the Panthers eight to four but the Panthers led where it counted in the run category. Anderson, Pat, Clay (two RBI’s) and Trevor (two RBI’s) had the hits for the Panthers. Trevor Dacus was the starting pitcher for the Panthers and it was obvious from the beginning of the game he did not have his best stuff. He struggled with his control but persevered and, in the end, managed to earn the victory. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked four. JC Ellis came on and earned the save pitching three scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit, struck out one and walked two. The Panthers are now 6-1 on the year and play the Anderson Cavaliers on Saturday, weather permitting of course. The team has a goal of fourteen productive at bats for every game and they managed to earn the victory Monday night even though they did not reach this goal. They had thirteen for the night. Pat Brunson had three (a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly), Daniel Williams had two (two walks) and Anderson had two as well (a single and reaching via an error that advanced a runner).