Panthers Beat the Cardinals on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 6                 Cardinal Newman 3

The junior varsity squad improved to 9-4 defeating Cardinal Newman Monday night at Bray Park in West Columbia. Cardinal Newman scored first, plating one run in the first inning. Their leadoff hitter, Depalma, walked and scored on a single with one out. The Cardinals made three nice plays in the bottom of the first inning to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard and added to their lead in the top of the second inning when a walk and an error came back to haunt the Panthers. The Panthers showed signs of life in the third inning by scoring two runs. Matthew Derrick and Daniel Williams opened the Panther’s half of the inning with consecutive singles. John Edens hit a sacrifice fly to score Matthew and Daniel scored on an error by the Cardinals shortstop. In the fourth inning, the Panthers completed their comeback and leaped to the lead by scoring two more runs. Cole Plyler walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Matthew Derrick slapped his second hit in a row to left field and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Panthers scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Cal Hucks reached via an error and Carson Floyd reached when he was hit by a pitch with both scoring on an error by the Cardinal left fielder. The Cardinals could not score in the sixth inning and the game was halted to allow the varsity game to begin on time. The Panthers only had five hits on the night. Matthew Derrick was the only player with multiple hits collecting two singles on the night. Cole Plyer was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He pitched one and one third innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out two. Cal Hucks relieved him on the mound and pitched one and two thirds innings. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out two and walked two. John Edens then took his turn on the mound. He pitched one inning allowing two hits but no runs. William Lawyer finished the game on the mound pitching two innings. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out one. The JV campaign is now completed and as stated above, the JV squad finished with a final record of 9-4.

Panthers (V) 10                 Cardinal Newman 0

The Panther varsity squad set a new mark for victories in a season when they won their 14th game of the 2014 campaign. The Panthers dominated in all phases of the game in one of their most complete games of the year. Panther pitching limited the Cardinals to four hits; the defense was solid all night and Panther batters pounded out ten hits in scoring their ten runs. Starting pitcher, Trevor Dacus, earned the win by pitching four innings of shutout ball. He allowed three hits and struck out ten. He walked five. Clay Dickinson pitched the final inning, completing the shutout. He struck out two batters and allowed one hit. The Panther batters started in the bottom of the first inning and scored in every inning until the game ended. Anderson Blevins, coming back from his thumb injury, started everything off with an infield hit to begin the bottom of the first inning. After Caleb Wilson grounded out, Alex Blevins walked. Anderson scored when Sean West laced a double to deep left field. Alex scored on a single by Clay Dickinson and Daniel Reed, running as a courtesy runner for Sean, scored on a ground out by Jake Brunson. The Panthers added one more in the bottom of the second when James Reed, also returning from an injury, singled and later scored on a double by Caleb Wilson. The run parade continued in the third inning when the Panthers plated two more runs. With one out, Clay doubled to left field. Jake Brunson singled scoring Clay. Jake stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by James Reed. The Panthers scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Caleb singled with one out. Alex followed Caleb with a hit of his own. Caleb later scored on a throwing error and Alex scored on a single by Sean West. Daniel Reed, running for the Panther’s catcher Sean West, scored on a single by Jake Brunson and Clay Dickinson singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Dacus. Clay pitched the top of the 5th inning for PAC and the game ended early as the Panthers were up by ten runs after five innings. Caleb Wilson, Sean West, Clay Dickinson, Jake Brunson and James Reed all had two hits for the Panthers with Caleb, Sean and Clay all collecting doubles. Jake Brunson had three RBI’s and Sean West had two. The Panthers record is now 14-5 and they return to the field on Tuesday when they host Thomas Sumter Academy. Game time is 6:00 weather permitting.