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Panthers (V) 14                 Upstate Eagles 4

The Upstate Eagles flew into Columbia yesterday looking for a victory but the Panther varsity baseball team bettered them for the second time this year.  The Eagles snatched two runs from the Panthers early but Clay Dickinson, the Panthers starting pitcher, settled down and held them off long enough to get the home team bats going.  The Eagles got three straight hits to start the game in scoring their two runs.  The Panthers responded in the bottom of the first by scoring two runs to tie the game.  Anderson Blevins reached via an error and Jacob Cain slapped a single to center field putting runners at first and third.  After Jacob stole second, James Reed hit a grounder that the Eagle shortstop booted for an error allowing both Anderson and Jacob to score.  The Eagles stayed in their nest in the second inning but the Panthers added four more runs to their total.  Grant Floyd singled to start the inning but was out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Daniel Reed.  Daniel Barfield then reached via an error then six straight hits accounted for the Panther runs.  The big blow was a triple to deep left center field by James Reed that scored two runs.  James tried to stretch his hit into an inside the park home run but was gunned down at the plate.  The Eagles soared across the plate for one more run in the third inning but the Panthers answered with three more of their own in the bottom of the frame making the score 10-3.  JC Ellis doubled to begin the inning and Grant Floyd earned a walk.  Daniel Reed singled to drive in the first run.  Consecutive singles by Anderson and Jacob Cain drove in the final two runs of the inning.  Neither team scored in the fourth inning.  The Eagles scored their final run in the top of the fifth putting several hits back to back but a great, diving catch by the Panther center fielder (Pat Brunson) prevented the Eagles from adding to their run total.  The Panthers scored three in the bottom of the fifth inning stopping the game due to the ten run rule.  Jacob Cain provided his fourth hit of the night in scoring the final two runs of the inning.  Several Panther players had multiple hits on the night.  Jacob Cain led the way with four singles and four RBI’s.  James Reed had a triple and a double and three RBI’s.  Grant Floyd had a single and a double and Anderson had two singles and two RBI’s.  Clay Dickinson was the starting and winning pitcher for the Panthers in his first pitching action of the year.  He pitched five innings allowing four runs; three of which were earned.  He gave up six hits while walking two and striking out seven.  Daniel Reed pitched the final inning allowing one hit and no runs.  The Panther varsity squad is now 9-1 on the year.