Panthers (B-Team) – 5 Wilson Hall – 8
After losing to the Barons from Wilson Hall by 3-15 on Friday night, the Panthers had to face them again after a very quick turnaround on Tuesday night in Sumter. And what a turn around it was. The Panther squad gamely fought the Barons playing them evenly before surrendering three runs very late in the game. Just like has happened in previous games, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead. Avery Blevins led off with a single, advanced to second on a single by Whit Melnyk and scored on a passed ball. Whit later scored on a throwing error by the Barons catcher. Wilson Hall plated one run in the bottom of the first taking advantage of a lead-off walk. The Barons scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead putting together one single and two doubles. The Barons added one more run in the bottom of the third inning and now lead 2-5. The Panthers tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Will Owens, Seann Bryant, Avery Blevins and Whit Melnyk hit four consecutive singles and then McKinley Proctor hammered a triple to deep left field. The Barons retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth scoring one run and then added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Once again, the young Panthers outhit their competition (15-8) but could not find a way to walk away with the win. They were led at the plate by Avery Blevins who knocked four singles. Whit had two singles and McKinley Proctor added a single and a triple. Jackson Gleaton had two singles and Samuel Leslie and a double and a single. Will Owens, Robert Hogg and Seann Bryant all contributed singles. As a sign of good things to come, eight of the nine Panther starters had hits in this game. Whit was the starting pitcher for PAC, lasting five innings. He gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out three. Samuel Leslie pitched the final inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. The opposing coach was very complimentary of the Panther team after the game noting their marked improvement in three short days. Even though they played a very good game, the Panthers lost and their record fell to 1-6.