Panthers (B-Team) – 9 Thomas Sumter – 2
The Panther B-Team jumped back into the win column on Tuesday night, besting the Generals from Thomas Sumter Academy 9-2. The Panthers had to persevere as they trailed early and did not take the lead until the sixth inning. And maybe that is the secret to why they won this game; they did not jump out to the early lead. After a quiet top of the first for the Panthers, the Generals plated in one run in the bottom of the inning on two singles and a double. The Panthers scratched for their first run to tie the game in the top of the third inning. McKinley Proctor singled with two outs and scored on a long single by David Hucks. The Generals retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when their number nine hitter was walked and later scored on a Panther error. The Panthers tied the game and eventually took the lead in the top of the sixth. Samuel Leslie walked to begin the inning. After two quick outs, Camden Abrams drew a walk as well. Samuel scored on a wild pitch and then Seann Bryant doubled putting runners on second and third. Whit Melnyk singled driving home the last two runs of the inning. The Panthers held the Generals scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning and then put the game away in the top of the seventh. The Panthers plated five runs on three walks and two hits. Jackson Gleaton started the scoring party with a double to begin the inning. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error. Samuel and Robert Hogg then drew back to back walks. The Panthers performed a double steal with Samuel taking third and Robert advancing to second. Samuel scored on a wild pitch and Will Owens singled to drive in Robert. Camden drew his second walk in as many innings. Will scored on a ground out by Chris Johnson and Camden scored on a groundout by Whit. The Panthers had fourteen hits for the game. Sean and Jackson both had a single and a double. McKinley had two singles and a double. David Hucks and Will Owens had two singles. McKinley was the starting pitcher for the Panthers going four and two thirds innings. He allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits. He walked two and struck out one. He was replaced on the mound by Jackson for the final two and one third innings. He did not allow any runs and only gave up one hit. He struck out two. The young Panthers are now 3-10.
Panthers (Varsity) – 14 Thomas Sumter – 4
This is the third time the Panthers have faced Thomas Sumter this year and the Panthers have walked away with a win every time; this time winning 14-4. The Panthers jumped on the Generals right out of the gate and this allowed everyone to get some much deserved playing time. Anderson Blevins opened the game with a bang slamming a triple down the left field line. He scored on a single by Pat Brunson. Pat stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Clay reached base due to an error by the General shortstop. Trevor Dacus reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a line drive single to right field by Carson Floyd. After Daniel Reed walked to load the bases, Daniel Barfield came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and promptly laced a single to center field scoring two runs. Eli Williams, batting as a designated hitter, drew a walk loading the bases once again. Anderson, now batting for the second time in the inning, hit a “seeing eye” grounder to the left side of the infield that scored two runs. This left Eli on third and Anderson on second and Pat doubled to score both. The inning finally ended on a ground out but not before the Panthers scored eight times. The General came out swinging and managed to score one run on two walks and a single in the bottom of the first. The Panthers got that run back in the second when Cal Hucks opened the inning with a double and scored when David Bradley hit into a fielder’s choice. The Generals tried to fight their way back into the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second when Panther’s pitching faltered. The Panthers walked three batters in the inning. The Generals helped their own cause with a single but the Panthers gladly traded outs for runs since they had such a big lead. After the second inning, the Panther lead had been trimmed to 9-4. That was as close as the Generals would get as Daniel Reed came in to pitch and shut down the Generals for the balance of the game. The Panthers added a single run in the third when Cole Plyler walked and scored on a single by Parker Pocock. They added another run in the fifth when JC Ellis walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by John Edens. They added another in the sixth when Daniel Reed singled and scored when JC Ellis hit into a fielder’s choice. The Panthers scored their last two runs in the top of the seventh. John Edens tripled with one out. Carson Floyd struck out but advance to first when the third strike was dropped by the catcher. John scored on a ground out by Daniel Reed. Carson scored when Cole Plyler drew a walk with the bases loaded. The Panthers had thirteen hits for the game. Anderson had a triple, a single and two RBI’s. Pat doubled and singled and drove in two runs as well. Carson had two singles while John tripled and Cal had a double. Carson was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He lasted one and one third innings before being replaced by Daniel Reed. Carson gave up four earned runs on three hits. He also walked five Thomas Sumter batters. Daniel pitched the final five one two thirds innings. He allowed only two hits and one walk. He struck out three batters. Daniel managed to keep the opposing batters off balance all night with a large assortment of off speed pitches. The win improves the varsity team’s record to 11-3. Game Notes: This was Daniel’s first pitching victory of the season. The Panthers had a season high 29 productive at bats in this game. Nine different Panther batters had at least one hit and thirteen different Panthers batters had at least one productive at bat.