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Apr 15 2014

Panthers Sweep Calhoun Academy

Panther (JV) 7                   Calhoun Academy 6

In the first of two close games, the Panthers clawed their way to victory against another set of Cavaliers; this time from Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews, South Carolina.  The winning run scored in the sixth inning when the Calhoun Academy pitcher balked in the winning run.  Calhoun Academy dented the scoring column first by plating two runs in the second inning without getting a hit.  They added two more in the third inning on the strength of three straight singles.  The Panthers got one back in the third when Daniel Williams scored on a double by Danny Waller.  The Panthers held the Cavaliers scoreless in the top of the fourth and then scored one run in the bottom.  Parker Pocock singled and eventually scored on a passed ball.  In the top of the fifth inning, two Panther errors allowed the Cavaliers to score their fifth run.  In the bottom of the frame, the Panthers scored three runs to tie the game.  Four walks with a strikeout right in the middle scored the first run.  Daniel Williams was hit by a pitch driving in the second run of the inning and then Matthew Derrick was hit by a pitch to score the last run.  Because of the approaching rain, the coaches had agreed beforehand that this would be played as a five inning game, but with the score tied after five, the game now moved into extra innings.  Calhoun Academy scored one run in the top of the sixth when Fuller Prickett reached on an error and scored on a single to left field which was then booted for an error.  The Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the last inning trailing by one run.  Danny Waller opened the inning with a double.  With one out, Danny scored on a single by William Lawyer.  Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up one base on a passed ball.  William then scored on a balk call when the Cavalier pitcher moved after having come set on the mound.  The Panthers won despite being outhit six to four.  Danny Waller led the team with the two doubles.  Parker Pocock and William had the only other hits on the night.  Eli Williams was the starting pitcher for PAC pitching three innings and allowing four runs, two of which were earned.  He gave up four hits and struck out three.  Parker Pocock earned the win in relief pitching three innings.  He allowed only two unearned runs.  He allowed two hits while striking out four.  The Junior Varsity squad is now 8-4.

Panthers (V) 5                   Calhoun Academy (4)

In an exciting conclusion to the PAC and Calhoun Academy double header on Monday night, the Panthers prevailed in extra innings just like the Junior Varsity team had done hours before.  The Panthers scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Pat Brunson singled and then scored on a single by Trevor Dacus which was misplayed by the Cavalier left fielder.  Calhoun Academy took the lead in the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs.  Zane Grey, not the author, then hit into a traditional 6-4-3 double play (Blevins to Wilson to Ellis) driving in one run and leaving a man on third.  That man scored on a single by Alex Steadman.  The Panthers retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Sean West led off with a double to deep right field.  His courtesy runner, Daniel Reed, advance to third on a passed ball.  With one out, Pat Brunson walked and then promptly stole second base.  Trevor lined his second hit of the night to left field scoring Daniel; Pat also scoring when the left fielders throw got away from the catcher.  This left the score Panthers 3 Calhoun Academy two after four innings.  The Cavaliers tied the game up in the top of the fifth when a sacrifice fly scored Ryan Sandifer who had reached base via a base on balls.  The Panthers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning when Alex Blevins doubled and scored on an error by the Cavalier second baseman.  The Cavaliers came right back in the top of the sixth and tied the game when Zane Grey stroked his second hit of the game to right center field.  An error by the Panthers prolonged the inning and Zane scored on a fielder’s choice by the Cavalier lead-off batter.  The score was now tied 4-4 and it stayed that way until extra innings.  In the top of the eighth, the Cavaliers had one reach base but he was stranded there when the next two batters flied out and struck out.  In the bottom of the frame, Trevor Dacus lined his third hit of the night to left field.  In a bunting situation, the Cavalier fielders lost track of Trevor allowing him to steal second base.  Jacob Cain then bunted advancing Trevor to third and Jacob reached first safely when the Cavalier fielders held onto the ball trying to prevent Trevor from scoring.  Jacob stole second base trying to draw a throw from their catcher but the Cavaliers did not take the bait.  Anderson Blevins came into pinch hit for JC Ellis.  On the third pitch of the at bat, the Cavalier hurler Zane Grey threw a curve ball in the dirt which bounced away from the catcher.  Trevor broke towards home on the pitch thinking a suicide squeeze play was on and was able to score when the catcher could not retrieve the ball in time.  This made the final score PAC 5 Calhoun Academy 4.  The Panthers had nine hits on the evening.  Trevor led the way with three singles and had one RBI.  Jacob Cain was the only other Panther batter with more than one hit (two singles).  Alex and Sean West both had doubles.  Trevor Dacus also started the game on the mound for the Panthers and turned in the performance the Panthers needed to halt their recent three game slide.  He pitched four innings allowing three earned runs.  He gave up four hits while striking out two.  JC Ellis earned the win in his relief appearance pitching four stellar innings.  He allowed one unearned run on three hits.  He also struck out three and did not walk a batter.  The Panthers Varsity team is now 13-4 on the season.

Game Notes:     1) The Panther varsity team has now tied their record for victories in a year (13).

2) James Reed missed his first game due to ankle injury he suffered on Saturday against the Anderson Cavaliers.

3) Although Anderson made a brief pinch hitting appearance tonight, his thumb injury continues to keep him out of the lineup.  This is the fourth straight game he has missed.