Panthers 12 (JV) Cardinal Newman 6
Playing in the second annual PAC JV baseball tournament, the Panthers opened against Cardinal Newman. Starting pitcher Cal Hucks set the visiting Cardinal Newman squad down in order in the first and in the bottom of the frame, the Panthers struck for seven runs. The Panthers slapped out six hits and took advantage of two walks and one hit batter. The big blow of the inning happened when Cal Hucks came to bat with the bases loaded and hit a bases clearing triple. Others with RBI’s in the inning were William Lawyer, Noah Squires, JJ Edens and Danny Waller. Cal pitched a scoreless second inning and the Panthers really put the game away in the second when they plated four more runs. Carson Floyd and Parker Pocock both slammed RBI doubles in this inning. With the big lead, Cal Hucks was removed as pitcher in the third. Eli Williams came into the game but struggled with his control and he was replaced by Danny Waller who finished the game. For the game, Cal Hucks pitched two innings, allowing no hits or runs. He walked and struck out one. Eli Williams pitched a third of an inning; allowing three runs only one of which was earned. He allowed no hits but walked two and hit one Cardinal batter. Danny Waller pitched the final one and two thirds innings. He allowed three runs, only one of which was earned. He allowed three hits and walked one batter. Panther hitters were led by JJ Eden’ two hits and RBIs; Cal Huck’s two hits and three RBI’s; and William Lawyer’s two hits and two RBI’s. The Junior Varsity squad is now 1-0 on the year.
Panthers 2 (JV) Ben Lippen 3
The Panther junior varsity squad lost its second game in the PAC baseball tournament to Ben Lippen by a score of 3-2. The Falcons prevailed only when JJ Edens was thrown out at the plate on a bang, bang play as JJ tried to score from third on a passed ball. The Falcons got the lead in the bottom of the first pushing one run across home plate. Their leadoff hitter had gotten aboard with an infield single; stole second, and came around to score on a single by their shortstop (Satcher). The Falcons plated two more runs in the second taking advantage of three walks, an error and one single. The Panthers went quietly until the third inning when they clawed their way to two runs. Carson Floyd led off the inning with a double and scored on a follow up double by Parker Pocock. Parker later scored on an RBI single by Danny Waller. Neither team managed to score for the remainder of the game although the Panthers tried in the top of the last inning. JJ Edens doubled to open the frame and advanced to third on a groundout by Danny Waller. As mentioned before, he then attempted to score on a passed ball but was called out on a very close play, ending the game. Carson Floyd was the only Panther with multiple hits, slamming out two hits during the five inning game. JJ Edens started the game on the mound for the Panthers and pitched two innings. He allowed three hits and walked six. He struck out one. The Falcons plated all three runs against Edens; with two of the runs being earned. Carson Floyd pitched the final two innings allowing no runs and only one hit. He struck out one and walked none. The Junior Varsity squad is now 1-1 on the year and will play for third place on Saturday against Cardinal Newman.
Panthers 7 (JV) Cardinal Newman 6
In a rematch of the opening game of the tournament, the Panthers once again prevailed against the Cardinals but in a much closer game. The Cardinals exploded for all six of their runs in the first inning against Panther starter Daniel Williams. Daniel struggled with his control walking four Cardinal hitters and allowing two hits before being replaced on the mound. All six runs were earned. Cal Hucks then came to the mound to try and settle the Panthers down. He accomplished this by holding the Cardinals scoreless the rest of the way. He scattered three hits and four walks, striking out six. The Panthers begin their long road back by scoring four in the bottom of the first. JJ Edens reached first after an error by the Cardinal shortstop. Danny Waller followed with a single to center field sending JJ to third. After Danny stole second, Cal slapped a single to right center scoring both runners. Cal followed them home on a single by William Lawyer. William later scored on an RBI groundout by Carson Floyd. The Panthers added one more run in the second inning when Danny Waller scored on another single by Cal Hucks. The Panthers finally completed their comeback when they scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a Matthew Derrick strikeout, Daniel Williams and JJ were walked and Danny Waller was hit by a pitch. Daniel Williams scored on an error by the Cardinal first baseman and JJ scored on a passed ball. Cal Hucks walked the first hitter in the last inning, but then retired three straight hitters to earn the win. Danny Waller and Cal Hucks led Panther batters with two hits apiece. Cal had three RBI’s for the game. The Panthers finished third for the second consecutive time in this tournament. Cal Hucks and Carson Floyd were named to the all-tournament team. Cal went won both games on the mound; hit .500 for the tournament with one triple and led the Panthers with six RBI’s. He also scored three runs. Carson Floyd pitched two scoreless innings and hit .600 for the tournament. He finished with two doubles and two RBI’s; scoring three runs.