Panthers (Varsity) – 14 Heathwood Hall – 4
The Panther bats stayed hot for the second game in a row as they pounded out eighteen hits in defeating Heathwood Hall 14-4 on Monday night at Bray Park. The Highlanders jumped to an early lead, but could not hold it in the face of the Panther hitting onslaught.
In the top of the first, the Highlander leadoff (Olsen) hitter singled and advanced to second on an error by the Panther left fielder. He then scored on a ground out by Austin Cox. The Highlanders added to their lead in the top of the second when they got two runners on with two outs. An error by the Panther second baseman extended the inning and Olsen hit a triple to clear the bases. Fortunately, at this point the Panthers put a halt to the Highlanders attack struck back in force.
Parker Pocock and Cal Hucks led off the bottom of the second inning with consecutive singles. Subsequent batters advanced them to third and second respectively and, then with two outs, John Edens snapped his recent slump at the plate with a single to left field to score both of them. The Panthers tied the score in the bottom of the third when James Reed singled, stole second and scored on Parker’s second hit of the game. Parker made his way to third on consecutive singles by Cal Hucks and Daniel Williams and scored on an error by the Highlander third baseman.
The Panthers blew the game open in the fourth inning by plating five runs. With one out, Anderson Blevins singled and stole second base. After a walk to Cole Plyler, Anderson scored on a single by James. Cole scored on an error by the Highlander third baseman. James scored on Parker’s third consecutive single. Parker went to second on a single to center field by Cal and scored on a single to right field by Eli Williams. Cal completed the scoring in the inning when he scored on a single by Matthew Derrick.
The Panthers scored a single run in the fifth inning when James reached on a single, went to third on an error by the Highlander right fielder and scored on Parker’s fourth consecutive single. The Panthers ended the game in the sixth inning by scoring their last four runs. Three walks opened the inning and loaded the bases full of Panthers. Anderson singled to drive in one run and the Highlander center fielder booted the ball allowing the other two runners to score as well. Anderson scored on Parker’s fifth consecutive single.
For the game, the Panthers pounded out eighteen hits. Interestingly enough, every single hit was a single. The Panthers had twenty four productive at bats and eleven RBI’s during the game. Parker led the way with five hits and four RBI’s. He also scored three times. Cal and James had three hits a piece with James scoring three runs and Cal two. Anderson and Eli contributed two singles each and Anderson scored twice.
John Edens (1-1) pitched five innings for the win. He allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on four hits. He struck out four and walked or hit four. He was replaced by Cal Hucks on the mound who did not allow any hits or runs and struck out one.
Game Notes: The Panthers record improves to 8-3. The Panthers had six assists in the game led by Anderson who had two. Parker set a new club mark with five hits. He also had two very good catches in the outfield with one bordering on the spectacular. There is no rest for the Panthers as they hit the field again tonight against a very good Ben Lippen team. Game time is 7:00 at Ben Lippen.