Panthers (JV) – 7 Upstate Eagles – 11
The Upstate Eagles flew to Columbia for a double header against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles walked away with a victory in game #1 winning 7-11. The Eagles scored two in the top of the first on three hits, including a double. The Panthers tied the game right back up in the bottom of the first. Matthew Derrick walked and went to third on a single by Danny Waller. Matthew scored on a ground out by William Lawyer. Danny later scored on a wild pitch. The Eagles continued to soar in the second inning, plating four runs on three hits (including a triple) and two walks. The Panthers responded and briefly took the lead in the game by scoring five runs in bottom of the frame. Caleb Green led off with a single and after two quick out, Austin Coates received a walk. Matthew Derrick singled to score Caleb and Danny stroked his second hit to score Austin. William Lawyer walked and then Matthew scored on an error. Tyler Thomason singled to score Danny and William scored on an error by the Eagle second baseman. In the top of the third inning, Panther pitching hit two batters and Panther fielders made three errors allowing the Eagles to take the lead by scoring two runs without a hit. The Eagles added two more in the fourth inning when the Panthers put two runners on base via a walk and an error and the Eagles said thank you with a timely single to score both runners. The Eagles scored their last run in the seventh once again taking advantage of Panther errors. The Panthers were outhit in this game 5-7 but they lost the game primarily because of seven fielding errors. Matthew Derrick was the starting pitcher for the Panthers going two innings. He allowed six earned runs on six hits. He was replaced on the mound by Tyler. Tyler pitched the final three innings allowing five unearned runs on one hit.
Panthers (JV) – 5 Upstate Eagles – 2
The Panthers managed to salvage a split in the Upstate Eagle doubleheader at Bray Park in Columbia on Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, the Panthers rebounded to best the Eagles 5-2 in the finale. After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the first, the Panthers scored two in the bottom of the inning without the benefit of a hit. Matthew Derrick and Tyler Thomason both received walks and both scored on wild pitches. The Panthers plated two more runs in the bottom of the third. William Lawyer walked and Tyler reached on an error. Jacob Robinson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third before Caleb Green doubled to score both. The Eagles dented the scoring column in the top of the fourth by plating two runs on two hits. The Panthers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Matthew Derrick was hit by a pitch and scored on an error by the Eagle left fielder. The Eagles got two runners on in the top of the fifth but were unable to score either before the game ended on a groundout to the Panther second baseman. Neither team hit particularly well in the game with both teams only getting two hits. Danny Waller was the starting pitcher for PAC going all five innings. He struck out five Eagle batters in earning the win. The split of the doubleheader left PAC’s Junior Varsity record at 7-9.