Panthers – 8 Richard Winn – 7
The Panthers extended their winning streak to five games in roaring back from a 2-7 deficit to win an exciting game at Richard Winn Academy on Monday night. Richard Winn scored six runs in the two first innings taking advantage of free passes offered up by Panther pitching. They scored three runs in the first without a hit (four free passes) and three runs in the second on two hits, alongside two free passes. They added a single run in the fourth inning on an error by the Panther pitcher.
The Panthers had actually taken an early lead in the top of the first before the Eagles from Richard Winn soared to the lead. John Edens singled and went to second on a ground out by Parker Pocock. He advanced to third on a single by James Reed and scored on a passed ball. James advanced to second on the passed ball that scored John and stole third base. He scored on an error by the Eagle catcher.
The Panthers entered the fifth inning trailing 2-7. John Edens led off and was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on an RBI ground out by Parker. James reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop. He advanced to second on a single by Cal Hucks. Both James and Cal advanced one base due to a wild pitch. James scored on a ground out by Matthew Derrick. Cal scored on a RBI single by Avery Blevins.
After holding the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers clawed their way to the lead by plating three more runs in the top of the sixth. John singled with one out. He stole second base and advanced to third when a throw went into the outfield. He scored when Parker reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop. Parker advanced to second on a single by James. After the second out of the inning, Matthew Derrick came to the plate and hit a hard grounder to the Eagle second baseman which managed to scoot under his glove into right field. Both Parker and James scored on the play.
The Panthers were held scoreless in the seventh so they just had to hang onto their lead while the Eagles got one more crack at bat. The first Eagle batter reached on a walk. The second batter struck out. The third batter walked putting runners at first and second. The Panthers brought in Cal to try to save the game. He faced one batter inducing a little pop up on the infield that James made a sliding catch on. The Eagle runner on second had gotten a little too far off of second and James was able to make a throw from the ground to double up the runner ending the game.
For the game, the Panthers had nine hits. John Edens, James Reed and McKinley Proctor all had two hits. Others with hits included Avery, Matthew and Cal. John and James both scored three runs.
John Edens was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched one and two-thirds innings allowing six runs (all earned). He only allowed one hit but walked four and hit two batters. He also struck out two. James Reed came in to pitch two and one-third innings. He allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out three and hit one batter. Danny Waller was the next Panther hurler and went two and one third innings. He did not allow a run. He walked three, allowed one hit and struck out two. Danny (2-0) earned the win while Cal earned his second save of the year.
Game Notes: The Panthers improved their record to 6-3 and now stand two games from their 100th victory. The Panthers had twenty productive at bats in the game.