Panthers – 9 Newberry Academy – 1
The Panthers varsity team travelled to Newberry to take on the Newberry Academy Eagles on Thursday night and walked away with their sixth victory in a row winning 9-1. In the top of the first, Parker Pocock walked but was ultimately stranded at third. The Eagles got runners on second and third with no outs but two groundouts but three straight ground outs prevented the runs from scoring.
The Panthers scratched for their first run when Matthew Derrick singled and advanced to second on a single by Avery Blevins. Matthew advanced to third on an infield single by Alex McKay and scored on a sacrifice fly by Will Lawyer.
The Panthers extended their lead in the top of the third inning by plating two runs. Parker and James Reed hit back to back singles and advanced to third and second respectively on a passed ball. Parker scored on a ground out by Cal Hucks and James Reed scored on a passed ball. The Eagles scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the frame. The Eagles got the bases loaded with no outs on the strength of three straight free passes by Panther pitching. The Panthers made a pitching change (Parker Pocock was the starter) and brought in Dan Beam. He induced the first batter he faced to hit into a fielder’s choice which allowed a runner to score. The next Eagle batter hit into a double play to end their scoring threat.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning and the Panthers blew the game open in the top of the fifth. Parker led off with a walk and advanced to third when James Reed hit a ground rule double down the left field line. Cal Hucks singled to drive in Parker. James scored and Cal advanced to third on a double by Matthew Derrick. The Eagle pitcher was pitching from the windup and Cal took advantage breaking for home on the pitch. He slid in safely as the pitch bounced harmlessly off of the catcher’s glove. Danny Waller reached base on a fielder’s choice. He advanced to third on wild pitches. Jacob Robinson and Caleb Green received back to back walks to load the bases. John Edens slapped a single to right center field to plate both Danny and Jacob. Parker singled to score Caleb. The Eagles came to bat but with one out the game was called on account of darkness.
The big story here was Parker and Dan Beam combined to no hit the Eagles. As stated earlier, Parker was the starting pitcher, pitching two innings allowing one earned run. He walked three batters and hit one. He struck out one. Dan Beam replaced him on the mound. He pitched two and one third innings not allowing a run. He hit one batter and struck out two. Parker got the win (1-0).
The Panthers had ten hits led by Parker, James and Matthew who all had two hits. James and Matthew both had doubles. John Edens hit a two RBI single. Others with hits include Avery, Cal, Alex and John. Cal also had two RBI’s.
The Panthers improved their record to 7-3 by winning their sixth game in a row. They take the field again on Friday night against the Concord Stallions.