Panthers (JV) – 3 Augusta Christian – 9
The JV baseball team saw their record fall to .500 as they lost to the Lions from Augusta Christian on Tuesday night. The Lions jumped out to an early lead by plating six runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and three walks. The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the first when Matthew Derrick doubled and scored on a single by William Lawyer. The Panthers scored another run in the third inning when Matthew reached on an error and scored on a single by Danny Waller. The Lions pushed across a single run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth inning to complete their scoring. The Panthers scored one in the bottom of the fifth inning when Austin Coates singled and scored on an error by the Lion’s shortstop. The Panthers had only four hits on the night. Danny Waller pitched four innings allowing seven earned runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked seven. Danny was relieved by Tyler Thomason who pitched the final inning allowing one unearned run on two hits. The Panthers JV team are now 4-4 on the year.
Panthers (V) – 9 Augusta Christian – 6
For the third year in a row, famed lion hunter Trevor Dacus bagged the Lions’s from Augusta Christian pitching the Panthers to a 9-6 victory. Trevor pitched a complete game allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in earning his third victory against them in as many years. He walked four Lion hitters and struck out four. The Panthers gift wrapped two runs for the Lions in the top of the first inning. The Lion’s leadoff hitter (Teske) doubled to begin the game. Hunter Erb then laid down a sacrifice bunt but the Panthers threw the ball down the right field line allowing Teske to score and allowing Erb to rocket around the bases and score before the Panthers could get the ball back into the infield. The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the first when Anderson Blevins doubled down the left field line. The Lion’s pitcher suffered from momentary wildness and two straight wild pitches allowed Anderson to advance to third and eventually to score. Neither team scored in the second inning and the Panthers held the Lions scoreless in the top of the third. The Panthers raced to the lead in the bottom of the third inning when they scored three runs. Anderson Blevins got things going again with a leadoff single. He advanced to third when Pat Brunson doubled, hitting a deep drive off of the outfield fence down the left field line. Anderson scored on a wild pitch which advanced Pat to third. James Reed then tripled to left center field scoring Pat. James scored the final run of the inning when John Edens laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze. The Lions tied the game back up in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Panthers exploded for four runs. Clay Dickinson and Trevor Dacus both singled to begin the inning for the Panthers. Clay scored on a passed ball and Trevor scored on a single by Daniel Reed. Daniel stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout by Cole Plyler. Cal Hucks drew a walk and stole second base putting runners at second and third with two outs. Anderson came to the plate and delivered his third hit of the night driving in both Daniel and Cal giving the Panthers an 8-6 lead. The Panthers scratched across another run when Clay and Trevor hit back to back doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning. This made the score 9-4 for the Panthers heading into the Lion’s last opportunity in the 7th inning. The Lions put together three hits and took advantage of a walk to plate two runs but it was too little too late. The last Lion’s hitter grounded out to giving Trevor three straight pitching victories over Augusta Christian. Anderson Blevins led the Panthers at the plate with three hits and two RBI’s. He also scored two runs. Trevor Dacus and Clay Dickinson both had two hits, including a double. Pat doubled and James Reed tripled. Others with hits included John Edens and Daniel Reed. The victory gives the Panthers an 8-3 record. Game Notes: This was Trevor’s second complete game pitching victory in a row (the first was against Laurens Academy). The Panthers had nineteen productive at bats in this game besting their goal of fourteen per game by five. The Panthers outhit the Lions 11-8. The Panthers had thirteen defensive assists led by Anderson with five. The Panthers stranded seven runners on the bases.