Panthers and Highlanders Mix it Up on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 23               Heathwood 6

The Panthers scored early and often in beating the Highlanders from Heathwood Hall on Thursday night.  They had seventeen hits and scored in every inning.  Multiple Panther hitters had more than one hit and they include John Edens (three hits and four RBI’s); Cal Hucks (two hits and two RBI’s); William Lawyer (three hits and three RBI’s); Parker Pocock (two hits and one RBI); and Eli Williams (one hit and three RBI’s).    Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He went one inning giving up four earned runs.  He struck out one, walked two and allowed three hits.  Carson Floyd relieved Cal and pitched two thirds of an inning.  He walked two and hit one batter while not allowing any hits or runs.  John Edens pitched the final two and one third innings.  He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.  He struck out four and walked two.  The Panther JV squad is now 7-3.

Panthers (V) 4                   Heathwood 6

The Highlanders avenged a defeat from earlier in the season when the beat the Panthers 6-4 at Bray Park on Thursday night.  This was an exciting game that was nip and tuck the whole game and only ended the Panthers stranded the tying runs at second and third.  This game was a little unusual in that the Panthers got to face the Highlander’s pitching ace.  Normally this does not happen as the best pitcher on a team is reserved for conference games but it was different this time due to the way the schedule fell this week for Heathwood. Will Detwiler, who started for Heathwood, will be attending the College of Charleston next year on a pitching scholarship.  The Panther coaches told the players that facing Detwiler was a compliment to the program and that they should embrace the challenge.  Heathwood scored on a run in the top of the first inning when Duffy Beal reached on an infield single and scored on a double by Matt Zielinski.  The Panthers answered back in the bottom of the frame when Alex Blevins scored on a single by Clay Dickinson.  The Highlanders reclaimed the lead in the top of the second inning when Madison Walden scored on an error after reaching base due to being hit by the pitcher.  The score stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the third inning when the Panther once again tied the score.  Sean West was hit by a pitch.  JC Ellis (courtesy runner for the catcher) advanced to third on another single by Clay.  JC then scored on a wild pitch.  The Highlanders took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning when Madison Walden scored on a groundout by Brandon Walden.  Heathwood went up by two runs in the fifth when Duffy Beal scored on a single by Davis Bland.  The Panthers cut the two run deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth when James Reed blasted a triple to deep left center field and scored when Alex Blevins hit a screamer right back at the pitcher who, in an effort to defend himself, threw up his glove and managed to deflect the ball to the shortstop who threw Alex out at first.  The scored stayed that way until the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh, the Highlanders scored two runs to build their lead to three.  The Panthers managed to score one run but the game ended with the bases full of Panthers when the Highlanders induced two fly ball outs to end the game.  James Reed and Clay Dickinson both had two hits for the Panthers.  Trevor Dacus had the only other hit for PAC.  James Reed started for the Panthers allowing four runs; three of which were earned.  He allowed five hits and struck out eight Highlanders.  JC Ellis finished the game for PAC.  He allowed only two runs both of which were unearned.  He struck out three and allowed one hit.  The Panther varsity team is now 12-3.