Panther Varsity Baseball Survives Hurricanes and Takes Two Games

Panthers (Varsity) – 8    Greenville Hurricanes – 1

The Panthers welcomed the Greenville Hurricanes to Columbia on Saturday for a varsity double header and swept both games on a day that the threatened rain never materialized.

Cal Hucks pitched a complete three hit game in the opener. He only allowed one run (unearned) in the 4th inning.  He struck out three and walked three.  Cal’s pitching record is now 2-1.

The Panthers scored three runs in their half of the first inning. Anderson led off with a double and promptly stole third base.  Cole Plyler walked and James Reed reached base on an infield hit to load the bases with Panthers.  Parker Pocock grounded out to the shortstop to score Anderson.  After a strikeout, Daniel Williams came through with a clutch, two out single to make the score 3-0.

The Panthers added two more runs in the second inning. Carson Floyd and Stump Coates both reached base due to fielding errors by the Hurricanes.  Anderson came to the plate and stroked a triple to right center field scoring both Floyd and Coates.  Cole Plyer was hit by a pitch but Anderson was thrown out at the plate when he attempted to score on a passed ball.  Cole later scored on a passed ball.

The Panthers scored their last two runs in the fourth inning. Cole singled and scored on a double by James Reed. James then scored on a single by Parker Pocock.

The Panthers had eight hits in the five inning game. Anderson and James both had two hits with Anderson having a double and a triple and James hitting a single and a double.  Cal Hucks also doubled for the Panthers.

Game Notes: The victory improves the Panther varsity baseball record to 10-3.   The Panthers had twelve productive at bats lead by Cole Plyler with three.  Cole also scored three runs.  Anderson, Parker and Daniel all had two RBI’s.  The Panthers had six assists led by Cole with three.

Panthers (Varsity) – 9    Greenville Hurricanes – 0

The Panthers won their fifth game in the row when they swept the Greenville Hurricanes in the second game of their double header, Saturday afternoon at Bray Park in Columbia winning 9-0.

John Edens (2-1) was the winning pitcher going four innings for the Panthers. He only gave up one hit.  Matthew Derrick pitched the next two innings allowing two hits.  Danny Waller pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit.  Panther pitching struck out six in the game.

The Panthers scratched for one run in the bottom of the first. Matthew Derrick walked, stole second and was driven in by Parker Pocock.  The Panthers added four more in the second inning stringing together four hits.  It all started with a single by John Edens.  John was sent on to second by Tyler Thomason’s first hit at the varsity level.  Anderson singled to score the first run of the inning.  Matthew Derrick reached via a base on balls for his second consecutive at bat.  James Reed lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Tyler.  Parker then singled to score Anderson and Matthew.

The Panthers padded their lead in the 4th inning.  Tyler Thomason was hit by a pitch on the back of the neck and had to be removed from the game.  Cole Plyler came in to replace Tyler who appears to be ok.  Cole advanced to second on a passed ball and then raced to third on a sacrifice fly by Anderson.  James drove in Cole with a single to center field.  James stole second and then scored on a single by Parker.  Cal Hucks drove in Parker with a single to account for the last Panther’s run in the inning.

The Panthers scored their last run in the sixth inning when Jacob Robinson reached on a single and scored on a long double by Danny Waller.

The Panthers continued their hot hitting, banging out another eleven hits. Parker and Anderson both had two hits. Eight different Panthers had hits. Parker had four RBI’s.

Game Notes: The varsity baseball team improved their record to 11-3 with the victory.  As noted earlier, Tyler Thomason had his first varsity hit.  Anderson set a new Panther record with four stolen bases in a single game (the previous record was two and was held by many current and former Panthers).  The Panthers only had four assists.  The Panthers had twenty-three productive at bats in the game.