Panthers – 7 Ben Lippen – 10
The Panthers fell to the Ben Lippen Falcons on Friday night at Senior night at Ben Lippen. Ben Lippen did most of its damage early as the Panthers found themselves trailing 8-0 after two innings. The big blow in the first inning was a grand slam by the Falcon left fielder (Garett Summers). The Falcons took advantage of three Panther errors in the second inning to move out to almost an insurmountable lead.
The Panthers scored one run in the top of the fourth inning when Micah West walked and scored on an error by the Falcon left fielder. The Falcons got that run back in the bottom of the fifth inning when Will Taylor scored on a double by Robert Satcher.
The Panthers exploded back into the game in the top of the sixth when they scored six runs. Micah West led the inning off and was hit by a pitch to reach first base. Parker Pocock singled to put runners on first and second. Danny Waller then singled to left field to plate the first run of the inning. Parker advanced to third on Danny’s hit and scored on a wild pitch. James Reed singled and Danny scored on the throw. Cal Hucks doubled to put runners at second and third. Matthew Derrick then singled to score James and the Falcons managed to get the first out of the inning when they threw out Cal at home on a bang, bang play. Avery Blevins reached on a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Both Matthew and Avery scored on a single by Will Lawyer.
The Falcons added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Panthers were unable to mount a rally in the seventh so the game ended in the Falcon’s favor.
The Panthers actually outhit the Falcons by a 16-9 margin which is surprising since the Panthers are the team that walked away with the loss. Parker continued his recent surge at the plate slapping three singles and scoring one run. James Reed had three hits and Danny Waller contributed two singles with both scoring one run. Cal Hucks doubled and singled. Matthew Derrick had two singles and a double. Avery, McKinley Proctor and Will Lawyer all contributed singles with Will knocking in two runs.
The loss dropped the Panthers record to 18-8. They take to the diamond again next Saturday in Charleston at the SC homeschool state baseball championships.