Panthers (Varsity) – 8 Cardinal Newman – 4
The Panthers lost their opening game in the Westwood High School Invitational to Cardinal Newman by a score of 8-4. This game was nip and tuck the whole way, with the Cardinals pulling away late. The Cardinals scored first in the bottom of the first when Sean Garity singled in Cam Tringali. The Panthers answered in the bottom of the second when Cal Hucks reached on a walk; advanced to second with a stolen base; advanced to third on a single by Eli Williams and scored on a bunt single by Carson Floyd. The Cardinals scored their second and third runs in the top of the third inning taking advantage of three walks allowed by Panther starter, John Edens. The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the bottom of third inning. John Edens reached on a walk and advanced to second on a single by James Reed. Matthew Derrick walked to load the bases. Cal Hucks was hit by a pitch to score the first run of the inning. Eli Williams then hit into a double play but the second run scored when James raced home on the play. Carson then doubled to deep left field scoring Cal from third. The Cardinals scored four runs in the fourth on the strength of a walk, a single and three doubles. They added one last run in the fifth inning. The Panthers threatened in the fourth but could not score and went down in order in the fifth inning to end the game.
Carson and James led the Panthers with two hits each. Carson had two RBI’s. Cal Hucks scored two runs.
John Edens was the starting pitcher for PAC. He went three innings allowing three runs; two earned. He only allowed two hits but walked six and hit one batter. He struck out three. Cal Hucks relieved John on the mound, pitching two innings. He allowed four runs; three earned. He allowed four hits while striking out two.
Game Notes: The Panthers had 13 productive at bats in this game, missing their goal of 14 by one. The loss evened PAC’s 2016 record at 1-1. The Panthers next game is against Westwood High School, Tuesday March 1st, at 6:00 at Westwood.