Panthers (Varsity) – 2 Orangeburg Prep – 1 (Game 1)
Panthers (Varsity) – 3 Orangeburg Prep – 2 (Game 2)
The Panther varsity baseball squad rolled into Orangeburg Wednesday night for a double header against the Orangeburg Prep Indians and swept two games in exciting fashion. The Panthers won the first game 2-1, scoring the winning run in the last inning. They won game two by scoring three runs early in the game and then holding on with good pitching and defense.
In game #1, Anderson Blevins led off with a double and then stole third. Cole Plyler walked and James Reed reached on an error to load the bases for PAC. Parker Pocock drew a bases loaded walk to score Anderson from third and then nothing. Even though the bases were still loaded with no outs, the Indian pitcher did his medicine man dance and came up with two strike outs and a fly out to end the inning for the Panthers with no further damage being done.
The Indians tied the game in the fourth inning on four walks. This lead to an exciting final inning (both games were limited to five innings). James singled with one out. He stole second base and scored on a clutch single by Parker. The Panthers kept the Indians from scoring in the bottom of the frame and the Panthers walked away with a close victory in game #1.
The Panthers only had six hits in the victory. Parker had two singles, including the game winner. Anderson doubled in the first and singled in the second. John Edens and James had the only other hits.
John Edens was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched three and two thirds innings, allowing one earned run. He did not allow a hit but walked seven Indian batters. He also struck out three. James Reed came on in relief and earned the victory, improving his pitching record to 3-1. James did not allow a hit and struck out one Indian batter.
Game Notes: This is the third no hitter in Panther history. The Panthers had nine productive at bats (the goal is normally fourteen in a seven inning game, but the goal would be adjusted to ten for a five inning game). The Panthers had ten assists in the game, led by James and Cal Hucks with three each.
After a twenty minute break, the Panthers and Indians resumed their rivalry in the second game of the double header. This would also prove to be a close game with the Panthers again prevailing by one run.
In the top of the first inning, James Reed singled with two outs. Parker Pocock walked and both scored on a long double to right centerfield by Cal Hucks. The Indians immediately got one run back in the bottom of the first when their leadoff hitter (Summers) singled; stole second base; went to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.
Both teams scored single runs in the third. Cole Plyler doubled to lead off and moved to third on a ground out by Parker. He then scored on an error by the Indian first baseman. The Indians scored when two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases. The Indian first baseman (Wells) stroked a clutch two out single to plate one run. The Panthers were able to get out of the inning with no further runs being scored when Carson induced an Indian batter to pop up to Anderson at short.
The Panthers got runners as far as third in the fourth and fifth innings but could not push them across. The Indians got a runner to second in the fourth, but the runner was gunned down at third by Anderson.
The Panthers had five hits in this game and eight productive at bats. James Reed had two of the hits; both singles. Cole and Cal had doubles. John Edens had the other hit as his bat seems to have awakened.
Carson Floyd pitched a complete game for the Panthers improving his record to 3-0. He allowed five hits and two runs (one earned). He struck out four and walked three.
Game Notes: The Panthers had ten assists in this game. Anderson, John, Cole and Carson all had two. The Panthers improved their record to 14-3 and are riding an eight game win streak.