Panthers (JV) 13 Heathwood Hall 6
The Panther JV squad notched another victory Thursday night against the Highlanders from Heathwood Hall. After spotting the Highlanders one run in the top of the 1st, the Panthers plated one of their own to even the score when Cole Owens scored on a single by Pat Brunson. The Panthers added five runs in the bottom of the 2nd after holding Heathwood scoreless in the top half of the frame. The Panthers got four hits in the inning but also received six free bases via walks or being hit by a pitch which they used to their advantage. The big blow of the inning was a double by Anderson Blevins which knocked in two runs. The Highlanders plated a single run in the 3rd but kept falling further behind as the Panthers added three more runs in their half of the 3rd inning. Again, Anderson provided the big blow clubbing his second double in as many innings and knocking in two more runs. The Highlanders tried to mount a comeback in the 4th by plating four more runs but it was not nearly enough as the Panthers scored four more runs of their own. For the third inning in a row, Anderson Blevins knocked in two RBI’s; this time with a single. For the game, Anderson went 3-4 with two doubles and six RBI’s. Pat Brunson helped his pitching cause by chipping in two singles and two RBI’s. Others with hits were JC Ellis, John Edens and Carson Floyd. Pat Brunson was the starting hurler for the Panthers and he lasted 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Anderson Blevins on the mound. Pat gave up six runs but only one was earned. He struck out seven Highlanders and walked six. Anderson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings allowing no runs. He allowed no hits and no walks and struck out four. The Junior Panther squad is now 11-6-1 on the year. They take to the diamond again next Monday night against Laurence Manning.
Panthers 6 Heathwood Hall 18
The Panthers suffered their second lop sided loss in a row as the Highlanders from Heathwood won 18-6 Thursday night at Bray Park. For the second straight game, our pitchers struggled to throw strikes issuing free passes to a staggering sixteen Highlander batters. To quote the great Yogi Berra (just a note to our younger players this was an actual baseball player and not someone with a similar name such as Yogi Bear who was famous primarily for stealing picnic baskets at Jellystone Park), “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical”. Even though all of our pitchers have experienced success this year, they all seem to be struggling with confidence right now so Yogi’s comment is very much applicable to us as the strike zone seems to be the size of a pin head to our pitchers. We have discussed with our players the need to be resilient and to persevere in not only in baseball but in life as well. The final two weeks of the season will be a test for us in this regard. Encourage your young men to stay positive and focused. Encourage them to finish strongly both in baseball and in school. Our record right now is 9-6 which is the best it has ever been this late in the season. Before we lost our last two games the Varsity team was an unprecedented five games over .500. We have a chance to surpass our win record last year of 13 games (finished 13-13 overall) even though we will have played six less games due to rainouts. Ok, now back to the game. Panther batters collected nine hits led by Danny Morales who had three. Jacob Cain had two singles. The Panthers get back on the field Monday night when Laurence Manning rolls into Bray Park.