Panthers (Varsity) – 15 Upstate Eagles – 5
FINALLY! THE BATS HAVE AWAKENED! Well for one game anyway as we will have to wait until Monday to see if they stayed awake all weekend. The Panthers pounded out twelve hits (including eight extra base hits) as they emphatically rebounded from their loss on Friday night to beat the Upstate Eagles by a score of 15-5 at Bray Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers jumped on the Eagles early as James Reed doubled with two outs and then raced home on Mr. Pocock’s “inside the Parker” homerun. Parker slammed a pitch to deep center field and was able to sail around the bases and score before the ball could be retrieved and thrown back into the infield. The Panthers added a single run in the second inning when Danny Waller tripled to center field and then scored on an error by the Eagles Center Fielder.
The Eagles managed to tie the game up in the top of the third by plating three runs: one on a sacrifice fly and two on a double by the Eagle catcher (Moore). They were not able to keep the game tied for very long; however, as the Panthers came to bat and essentially put the game away by scoring seven runs. James Reed led off the inning with a deep home run to left center field. Parker received a base on balls and stole second, getting to third when the catcher’s throw sailed into center field. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cal Hucks. Daniel Williams walked and then scored on a Danny Waller grounded out. Then the Panthers put the petal to the metal. Carson Floyd singled and Jacob Robinson reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop. Anderson doubled in Carson. Cole Plyler received a walk to load the bases. James, up for the second time in the inning, singled to drive in another run (Robinson). Anderson and Cole both later scored to close out the scoring in the Panthers half of the third.
The Eagles added two more runs in the top half of the fourth putting several hits together but again the Panthers answered in their half of the inning when they plated five runs and would have had more if not for a great leaping catch by the Eagle center fielder (Moore) and a ball scorched out there by Anderson. Carson and James both doubled in this fourth inning rally.
James Reed led the Panthers at the plate with a four for four performance. He had two doubles, one home run and four RBI’s. He also scored twice. Parker Pocock had an inside the park home run. Cal Hucks, Carson Floyd and Anderson Blevins both doubled. Danny Waller tripled.
Danny Waller (1-0) secured the win for the Panthers on the mound by pitching four innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits. He walked four batters and struck out three. John Edens pitched the final inning allowing one hit while striking out two.
Game Notes: The win raised the Panther’s record to 7-3. The Panthers had 21 productive at bats in the game. James Reed set a new high mark for total bases in a single game with nine, two games after Anderson set a new Panther record of eight in a game against Northside. The Panthers also set a new high water mark for total bases in a single game with twenty-five. The Panthers take to the diamond again on Monday night at Bray Park as Heathwood Highlanders come to the Panther den.