Panthers (MS) 8 Richard Winn 7
In the first of two exciting games at Richard Winn on Thursday night, the Panthers middle school team prevailed 8-7. The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Caleb Green and Cal Hucks both scored. Caleb reached on a single and went to second on a passed ball. Cal earned a free pass to first and John Edens hit an infield single to load the bases. Nick Beach hit a long fly ball to left field which was misplayed for an error allowing two runs to score. The Eagle answered in the bottom of the frame soaring across the plate with two runs. The Panthers scored one run in the top of the second when Carson Floyd walked and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Eagles answered right back by again tying the score when they scored one in the bottom of the frame. The Panthers added one more in the top of the third when Nick Beach reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Cole Plyler. This time the Eagles did more than match what the Panthers had scored by plating two runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. The Panthers tied the game in the top of the fourth when Jackson Gleaton walked and scored on a single by Caleb. The Eagles retook the lead in the bottom of the 4th by plating one run. The Panthers entered what would be the last inning (due to time limitations) trailing by one run (5-6). John Edens got the ball rolling by reaching first on a walk. Will Lawyer tripled to deep right field scoring John. Cole Plyler then hit a sacrifice fly to score William. Matthew Derrick walked and reached second on a passed ball. He scored what turned out to be the winning run on an error by the Eagle pitcher. The Eagles scored one run in the bottom of the 5th and stranded a runner at second when Cal Hucks induced the last out on a ground out to the third baseman. Caleb led the Panthers with two hits. Cole Plyler had two RBI’s. Matthew Derrick started the game for the Panthers on the mound. He pitched three innings giving up seven hits and five runs (four earned). He was relieved by John Edens who pitched one inning allowing only one unearned run. Cal Hucks pitched the last inning giving up two hits and one earned run.
Panthers (V) 5 Richard Winn 1
The Panthers prevailed 5-1 in a well-played, hard fought game at Richard Winn Academy (13-4) on Thursday night. Jake Brunson went the distance for the Panthers in earning the victory. He got stronger as they game went on not allowing a hit past the third inning. For the game he gave up four hits and walked seven. He also struck out three. The Panthers played good defense behind Jake; making all of the routine plays and even a few great ones when they really needed them. The game was scoreless through three innings. In the top of the fourth inning, the Panthers dented the scoreboard first by plating one run. Sean West led off with a single. Courtesy runner, Daniel Reed, advanced to second on a Texas leaguer by Clay Dickinson and to third when James Reed hit into a fielder’s choice. Daniel then scored when the shortstop made an error on a hard hit ball by Jake Brunson. The Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring one of their own and only a great defensive play by second baseman, Anderson Blevins, prevented more from scoring. With one out, Jason Branham reached base due to an error and the next Eagle hitter reached on a swinging bunt. The next Eagle batter walked loading the bases. Matt Taylor then swung at a pitch hitting the ball straight down into the ground at home plate. Sean West, the Panther catcher, picked up the ball, stepped on home plate for one out and then attempted to complete the double play by throwing to first. The throw got by the first baseman, James Reed, but was knocked down by Anderson before it went into right field. The ball bounced back towards James who picked up the ball and threw a strike to Sean West at the plate. The Eagle runner who had been on second had rounded third and was heading for home on the play. The runner slid head first into Sean jarring the bar loose. Sean picked up the ball and appeared to tag the runner before he touched home; however, the runner was called safe. This brought the Eagle catcher, who already had two hits in the game, to the plate and the Panthers intentionally walked him to load the bases once again. Cameroon Cooper hit a line drive up the middle that Anderson moved to his right on, swallowed up into his mid-section and managed to toss the ball to second while falling down for the third out of the inning. The Panthers responded by scratching out another run in the top of the fifth. Anderson led off with a walk and promptly stole second base. He advance to third on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by Caleb Wilson. The Panthers added another in the sixth inning when James Reed reached on an error and eventually scored on an infield single by Jacob Cain. The Panthers put the game away in the top of the seventh when they scored two more runs. Caleb Wilson led off with a walk and was advanced to third on a single to right field by Alex Blevins with Alex taking second base on the throw to third. Sean West was next and hit a sacrifice fly to short center field scoring Caleb. Alex advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a deep sacrifice fly to center field by James Reed. This was all Jake needed as he retired the Eagle hitters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the last inning to close the game out. The Panthers pounded out seven hits in the game. They were led by Alex Blevins who had two hits; a double and a single. Game Notes: This was Jake’s second complete game of the year. The Panthers improved their record to 16-5. This represents program highs in wins and games over .500. The Panthers will practice next week before playing a tune up against the Savannah Hurricanes on Saturday, May 3rd and leaving for the tournament in Tennessee on Tuesday, May 6th.