Panthers lose twin bill to Augusta Christian Lions

Panthers (JV) – 5              Augusta Christian – 8

The Panther JV baseball team fell to 6-6 with a 5-8 loss at Augusta Christian on Thursday afternoon.  The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but could not make it last.  Matthew Derrick singled with one out and Danny Waller reached on an error.  William Lawyer singled to score Matthew and Danny later scored on a wild pitch.  William scored when Caleb Green struck out but the catcher dropped the ball and had to throw the ball to first.  As soon as the catcher threw the ball, William broke for home and slid in just in front of the return throw to home from first.  The Lions got themselves back into the game in the bottom of the third inning when they plated five runs on three hits, three walks and one error.  The Panthers tied the game back up in the fifth inning.  Tyler led off the inning with a walk and scored on a triple to left center by Danny Waller.  Danny scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by William.  The Panthers got one batter one in each of the sixth and seventh innings but never seriously threatened.  The Lions scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on one single, one walk and two errors.  The Panthers had six hits, led by William Lawyer who had a single and a double.  Danny Waller had his aforementioned triple.  Others with hits include Matthew Derrick, Micah West and Jared Conwell.  William Lawyer was the starting pitcher for the Panthers.  He pitched three innings, giving up five earned runs.  He allowed four hits and three walks and had five strikeouts.  He was replaced on the mound by Matthew Derrick.  He also pitched three innings and allowed three unearned runs on two hits and two walks.  He struck out four.

Panthers (Varsity) – 1    Augusta Christian – 2

The Panthers lost a close game to the Lions from Augusta Christian 1-2 on Thursday afternoon.  The Panthers have been prone to giving up easy runs in ball games recently and this time it cost them the game.  The Panthers went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, and as a matter of fact, went 1-2-3 the first four innings.  While the Panther bats slept in the den early on, the Lions were on the hunt.  With one out, the Lion’s catcher reached on a Panthers error.  The Lions then executed a nice hit and run putting runners at first and third.  The runner on first stole second base putting runners at second and third with one out.  Starting Panther pitcher, James Reed, was then called for a balk scoring the runner on third and advancing the other runner to third.  The Lions shortstop then singled to score the second run of the inning and Lion’s defense and pitching made those two runs stand up in the victory.  As stated earlier, the Panthers did not hit well on this day.  Some of this was due to solid pitching by the Lion’s Chris Hesse.  But part of it was due to poor Panthers hitting.  They were just not the same hitting team they had been over the last couple of weeks.  Hesse actually had a perfect game going through four innings before Carson Floyd spoiled it and Hesse’s bid for a no-hitter with a two out single to center field.  The Panthers score their lone run and threatened to score more in the sixth inning before leaving the bases loaded when the inning ended.  Cole Plyer started the inning by getting plunked in the back by a pitch.  He advanced to second on a wild pitch.  With one out, Anderson Blevins singled into right field scoring Cole.  Pat followed Anderson’s hit with one of his own to right field advancing Anderson to second.  James Reed hit a smash to third base which the third baseman managed to knock down but could not recover the ball in time to make a play anywhere and the bases were now full of Panthers with only one out.  Unfortunately strike out and a pop up ended the threat with the Panthers still trailing by one run.  After holding the Lions scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers had one more chance to tie the game but were unable to muster a threat ending the game and the Panthers modest two game winning streak.  The Panthers only had four hits (Floyd, Blevins, Brunson and Reed) on the game.  James Reed pitched well enough to earn a victory limiting the Lions to two unearned runs on five hits.  He struck out six Lion batters.  The Panthers record slips to 11-4.  Game Notes:  The Panthers only had five productive at bats in this game; their lowest mark of the season.