Panthers and Skyhawks Split on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 6                 Hammond 5

This game contained all the excitement that the varsity game which followed lacked.  The Panthers prevailed 6-5 when they pushed a run across in the bottom of the last inning on an infield single by Cole Plyer.    The Panthers took the game’s first lead when they plated one run in the first inning.  Danny Waller reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by William Lawyer.  Parker Pocock, the Panthers starting pitcher, set the Skyhawks down in order in the top of the second and the Panthers added to their lead in the bottom of the frame.  Cole Plyer was walked to start the inning.  He advance to second and third on wild pitches and scored on a groundout by Parker.  Parker again set the Skyhawks down in order in the third and, again, the Panthers added to their lead.  Danny Waller led off the bottom of the third with a double.  He scored on a single by William Lawyer.  William later scored on an RBI ground out by Cole Plyer.  The Skyhawks begin to stretch their wings in the top of the fourth by scoring one run on one hit.  The Panthers went quietly in the fourth inning and in the top of the fifth, the Skyhawks soared to the front by plating four runs.  They accomplished this with four hits and at least two Panther mental miscues in the field.  Now losing 5-4, the Panthers clawed back one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game.  Daniel Williams reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI single by Cal Hucks.  William Lawyer, now pitching for the Panthers, set the team from Hammond down in order in the top of the seventh inning bringing the Panthers to the plate in the last inning with a chance to win the game.  William worked a walk and stole second base.  He advanced to third on a groundout by Carson Floyd and scored on the infield single by Cole.  The Panthers out slugged the Skyhawks nine to seven.  Daniel Williams pounded a triple to deep left field and also had a single.  Cole was the only other Panther hitter with two hits and also had two RBI’s.  William Lawyer scored two runs and also had two RBI’s.   Danny Waller scored twice.  As mentioned before, Parker started the game for the Panthers.  To my knowledge this is the first time he has pitched and he had a great first outing.  He lasted four one third innings giving up the four earned runs.  He walked four, struck out four and allowed four hits.  William Lawyer relieved Parker on the mound and allowed one unearned run.  The Skyhawks got three hits off of William and he struck out one and did not walk a batter.  The Junior Varsity squad is now 6-3 on the season.

Panthers (V) 0                   Hammond 9

The Panther varsity team continued its futility against the Skyhawks from Hammond on Tuesday night at Bray Park losing by a score of 9-0.  The Panthers only had one hit, a single by Clay Dickinson in the 2nd inning in being shut out for the first time this season.  There were several other well hit balls but they always seemed to be right at someone or hung in the air long enough for the Hammond fielders to run down and there were not nearly enough to make a difference in this game.  The Skyhawks scored six runs in the 2nd inning effectively taking any intrigue out of the game early.  The Panthers never seriously threatened to get back into the game.  The Skyhawks added two runs in the fourth inning and a single run in the fifth.  Jake Brunson started the game for the Panthers and lasted four innings.  He allowed eight runs; four of which were earned.  He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out six.  Daniel Reed followed Jake on the mound pitching three innings.  He allowed one unearned run on two hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out two. The Panthers are now 12-2 on the year and play Heathwood Hall on Thursday night at Bray Park.