Panther JV Baseball falls in Heartbreaker to Low Country

Panthers (JV) – 10           Low Country Wildcats – 11

The Panthers lost a heart breaker, when they allowed the Wildcats to rally from three runs down by scoring four runs in the seventh inning to win a home game against the Panthers on Saturday in Charleston.  The Panthers exploded to the lead in the first inning when Whit Melnyk and Avery Blevins both walked and then both scored on a double by Caleb Green who was going to have a big day at the plate. The Wildcats got one run back in the bottom of the frame on two hits.

The Panthers scored five runs in the top of the second to seemingly take control of the game. They opened the inning with three straight hits (Josh Tanner, Johnathan Sarazen and McKinley Proctor) to score one run (Tanner).  Sarazen scored on a ground out by Whit Melnyk and McKinley scored on an RBI single by Avery Blevins.  Caleb drove in Avery with a double and then scored a single by David Hucks.  After two innings, the Panthers led 7-1 and seemed to be cruising along.

The Panthers did not score in the third inning and the Wildcats announced they were not going anywhere by clawing for five runs in their half of the frame. They scored those runs on only two hits, but Panther pitching walked or hit four batters and Panther fielders made two errors.

The Panthers stretched their lead to three by plating two runs in the top of the fourth. Caleb stroked his third extra base hit of the game and scored on a triple by Micah West.  Micah scored the second run later in the inning. The Wildcats added a single run in the fifth inning and the score was 9-7 Panthers heading into the last inning.

The Panthers scored one run in the top half when Drew McKay singled and scored on a triple by McKinley Proctor. This was all the Panther would get so the Wildcats came to bat needing three runs to tie and four to win and four was exactly what they got.  The Wildcats got their first runner on by a Panther error.  The second batter grounded out to the Panther second baseman (Blevins).  The third batter of the inning singled and the Wildcat clean-up hitter tripled to score two runs and make the score 10-9 Panthers.  The clean-up hitter (Krachinis) later scored to tie the game on a double by Seth Whitley.  Colton Huber who reached base via a walk after the hit by Krachinis, then scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

The Panthers out hit the Wildcats 12-11 for the game but lost anyway. Caleb Green led the Panther hitting attach with a triple and two doubles.  He had three RBI’s and scored two runs.  McKinley had a triple and a double, with two RBI’s.  Josh Tanner and Drew McKay had two singles and Micah tripled.

Josh was the starting pitcher for the Panthers hurling the first two innings. He allowed two runs on four hits.  He was replaced by David Hucks who pitched one inning.  David four runs, one earned, on one hit.  Samuel Leslie was the third pitcher for PAC.   He pitched three and one third innings allowing four runs, one earned, on one hit.  Caleb Green was the final pitcher for the Panthers pitching one third of an inning.  He allowed one unearned run on one hit.

Game Notes: The Panther JV team is now 3-5.