Panther Baseball (Varsity) Opens with a Victory in Pre-Season Tournament

PAC Panthers (V) – 11     Thomas Sumter – 1

The Panther varsity baseball team won its first game of the season 11-1 versus Thomas Sumter in a pre-season tournament at Hammond.  The Generals from Thomas Sumter were held scoreless in the top of the 1st inning and the Panthers took the lead 2-0 in the bottom of that frame.  Anderson Blevins led off with a walk and stole second base.  Cole Plyler doubled Anderson home and later scored on a Clay Dickinson groundout.  The Panthers added one run in the bottom of the second inning when Cal Hucks opened the inning with a double; eventually scoring on a groundout by John Edens.  The Generals charged into the scoring column by plating one run in the top of the 3rd inning.  Panther pitching walked the leadoff hitter and he was later able to score on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.  The Panthers scored five runs in the 4th inning essentially putting the game away.  The Panthers pounded out four hits and took advantage of two walks in scoring the runs.  During the rally, John Edens and Daniel Reed both had RBI singles.  The Panthers scored three runs in the 5th inning to end the game.  Two runs scored on a long double by Daniel Williams and the game ending run scored on a hard base hit up the middle by Anderson.  For the game, Cal Hucks led the way with two hits.  Cole Plyer, John Edens and Daniel Williams all had two RBI’s.  Panther pitching limited the Generals to one hit; however, they surrendered seven walks and hit one batter.  Trevor Dacus started the game and pitched two innings.  John Edens pitched the next two innings and gave up the lone run to the Generals.  Carson Floyd pitched the last inning, walking the bases loaded, before getting the last out on groundout.  Congratulations to the following players who got their first hits at the varsity level:  Cole Plyler, Cal Hucks, John Edens and Daniel Williams.