Panthers (V) – 5 Westwood High – 4
The Panthers continued their play in the Westwood High Invitational tournament by taking on the host team and walked away with an exciting 5-4, extra-inning win. Daniel Williams, the Panther starting pitcher, retired the Redhawks in the top of the first without allowing a score. The Panthers immediately jumped into the scoring column in their half of the inning. Anderson Blevins lined a double into the right field corner to get everything going. He later scored on a passed ball.
The Redhawks answered in the top of the second by plating their first run on an infield ground out. The Redhawks flew into the lead in the third inning when they scored their second run on an error. The Panthers pounced on the Redhawks in the bottom of the frame, immediately retaking the lead. Cal Hucks reached on a single. He was sacrificed to second by Daniel Williams. Carson Floyd then walked. Cal and Carson both moved up one base on a passed ball. With one out, Cole hit a grounder to the third baseman who was playing in. Cal was off with the pitch but was gunned down at home. Things looked bleak for the Panthers as there were now two outs in the inning, but they still had runners on first and second. Parker Pocock came up to bat and smoked the first pitch he saw to the fence in left center field scoring Carson from second and Cole all the way from first. Anderson was next and hit a hard grounder through the hold on the right side knocking in Parker and the Panthers led by two.
Daniel Williams went back to the mound in the fifth to try and end the game in the Panthers favor. He walked the leadoff hitter and the second Redhawk hitter reached on an error. This was an ominous beginning to the inning and, sure enough, before the inning was over the Redhawks managed to tie the game. Eventually the Redhawk’s first four batters of the inning reached via a walk or an error. Matthew Derrick then relieved Daniel Williams on the mound and did a great job considering he inherited a bases loaded, no out situation. He induced the first batter he faced to pop up to James at first base. He struck out the second batter but during the at bat, one of his pitches got away from the catcher (John Edens) and the runner on third managed to score. Matthew then got the last out of the inning on a fly ball to right field. The Panthers could not score in their half of the inning so the game went into extra innings.
Matthew allowed a lead-off single in the but managed to strand him at second. Carson Floyd led off the Panthers half of the inning with a walk. Cole sacrificed him to second and Carson advance to third on a curve ball in the dirt that bounced away from the catcher a few feet. That brought Parker to the plate and with a two ball, one strike count, the pitcher threw a pitch in the dirt which managed to scoot under the catcher’s glove and Carson was able to score on the passed ball.
Game Notes: Daniel Williams pitched four innings, allowing four runs (two earned). He struck out five and gave up two hits. Matthew Derrick picked up the win by pitching two scoreless innings. The Panthers outhit the Redhawks 6-3, with Anderson clubbing three. Parker had two key RBI’s. The Panthers only had 11 productive at bats in the game, falling short of their per game goal of 14 but still managed to squeak out an exciting win. The Panthers are now 2-1 on the year and play again tonight in their last game in the tournament against Great Falls High.