The Junior Varsity baseball squad split a double header with their counterparts from Newberry High School on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers lost the opening game 0-7 before rebounding with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap. In the first game, Newberry plated four runs in the first and two in the second and one in the third to win convincingly. Even more impressive was the performance of their pitcher (K Yoder) who held the Panthers without a hit for the game (five innings). He struck out three Panthers and faced the minimum number of batters in each inning except the first when one Panther reached due to an error by the Newberry shortstop. Great game Mr. Yoder!
The Panthers scored in the first inning in the nightcap when Matthew Derrick was walked, advanced to third on a single by Will Lawyer and scored on a passed ball. The Panthers added a run in the second inning when Whit Melnyk was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a walk to Jacob Robinson. Whit later scored on a single by Matthew Derrick. The Newberry team scratched across a run in the bottom of the second inning when the leadoff batter doubled and later scored on a single. The Panthers added one more run to the scoring column in the top of the fourth. Consecutive singles by Tyler Thomason and Matthew Derrick put runners on first and second. They advanced to third and second on an infield groundout by Danny Waller. Tyler then scored on an infield ground out by Will Lawyer. This made the score 3-1 and the Panthers held on to close out the game with the victory. Matthew led the Panthers with two hits and one RBI. Jacob Robinson also contributed two singles. Will Lawyer earned the victory for the Panthers pitching all five innings. He allowed one earned run on four hits. He walked one and struck out two. The JV team is now 4-3 on the season.