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Mar 26 2014

Panther Baseball Sweeps Orangeburg Prep

Panthers (JV) 13               Orangeburg Prep 1

The Panther Junior Varsity squad rebounded from its Monday night loss to best the Indians from Orangeburg Prep 13-1.  The Panthers scored two runs in the first and never looked back.  John Edens scored after reaching base on a single and Cole Plyer scored after reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.  The Panthers scored three more in the third inning.  Carson had a single and an RBI in the rally.  The Indians scored their lone run in the top of the fourth taking advantage of two hits with a triple (Bair) driving in the run.  The Panthers blew the game open in the bottom of that frame by scoring eight runs.  The Panthers pounded out six hits including two doubles in scoring those runs.  Danny Waller had two hits, a single and a double, in the rally and Matthew Derrick drove a double to left field knocking in two runs.  For the game, John Edens and Danny Waller had two hits apiece.  Danny also knocked in two runs.  Carson Floyd was the starting and winning pitcher for the Panthers lasting four innings.  He allowed one earned run on three hits.  He walked one and struck out three.  Daniel Williams followed him on the mound pitching one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, striking out two and walking three.  The Junior Varsity squad is now halfway through their year and sport a 5-3 record.

Panthers (V) 5                   Orangeburg Prep 1

On a brutally cold and windy night for baseball, the Panthers continued their winning ways downing Orangeburg Prep for the first time ever at the varsity level by a score of 5-1.  Jake Brunson started for the Panthers and turned in a dominating performance.  He pitched all seven innings, ultimately throwing 125 pitches.  He allowed the one earned run and only gave up four hits.  He walked three batters but struck out a season high twelve.  He retired the Indians one, two, three in three innings, and five was the most batters he faced in any one inning.  Despite Jake’s great night on the mound, the Indians struck first scoring their only run in the fourth.  With one out, Charlie Sutcliff doubled to right center field.  He then scored on a two out single by Timmy Schriver.  The Indians pitcher (Andrew Dudley) held the Panthers scoreless until the sixth inning.  Andrew only allowed five hits on the night, but unfortunately for him and the Indians, he allowed two of them in the one inning he struggled with his control.  With one out in the sixth inning, Alex Blevins hit a hard grounder to short.  The Indians shortstop bobbled it just long enough to allow Alex to reach first safely.  With Sean West at the plate, Alex stole second.  Sean battled at the plate and eventually earned a walk.  JC Ellis entered the game to run for Sean.  The next Panther batter was Clay Dickinson who was hit by a pitch to load the bases full of Panthers.  That brought Jake Brunson to the plate.  He laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt that scored Alex.  Jake was tagged out but JC and Clay advanced to third and second respectively.  Jacob Cain was next for the Panthers.  Jacob Cain hit a major league pop up (it was very, very high).  The shortstop and second baseman gathered around second base to make the catch.  All of a sudden, the wind caught the ball and began to push it back towards home plate.  Both Indian players started sprinting towards the pitcher’s mound and both players dove in an attempt to make the catch; but the ball glanced off one of their gloves and bounced harmlessly away.  Both JC and Clay scored on the play to give the Panthers the lead for the first time.  (Jacob needs to talk to the official scorekeeper (his Dad) about the scoring on this play as it was ruled an error.  I prefer to think of it as a wind aided single).  After Pat Brunson singled, Trevor Dacus slammed a double down the right field line scoring the final two runs for the Panthers making the score 5-1.  Jake went back out to start the seventh inning.  He struck out the first two hitters.  The third Indians batter of the inning walked and the next singled to left field.  At this point, the coaches decided to pull Jake and put in a reliever. When the coach got to the mound, Jake asked to be able to stay to finish the game.  One by one, the infielders also asked that Jake be allowed to keep going so we told Jake he could have one more batter.  Jake took advantage of the reprieve by inducing the next Indians batter into a game ending ground out to Anderson Blevins at second base.  I loved the fact that Jake and the infielders all wanted to see Jake finish the game.  It showed toughness and confidence that coaches always love to see.  For the game, Alex and Pat Brunson both had two hits.  Alex collected a single and a triple in the game while Pat had a double and a single.  Jacob Cain and Trevor Dacus both had two RBI’s.  The Panther’s varsity baseball team is now 10-1 on the season and take to the diamond again this Saturday for a double header against the Savannah Hurricanes.