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Panthers – 13     Greenville Hurricanes – 2

The Panthers won their third game in a row defeating the Greenville Hurricanes in Greenville on Saturday afternoon. Will Lawyer (2-3) pitched the Panthers to victory only allowing two runs on six hits.  He struck out one Hurricanes batter.

The Panthers scored early and often to put this game away. The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning with Cal Hucks and Matthew Derrick both driving in runs with a double.  The Panthers scored four runs in the second.  The first run scored on a single by Parker Pocock.  The other three runs scored when Cal came to bat with the bases loaded and blooped a texas leaguer behind third base that the shortstop made a diving attempt to catch; gathering the ball in his glove before it popped out when he crashed to the ground.  This made the score 6-0 after two innings.

The Panthers scored two more in the third, one on a single by Dan Beam. The Panthers really ended this game in the fourth inning by plating another four runs.  James Reed, Danny Waller and Will Lawyer had hits in the rally with Will’s hit knocking in two runs.  The Panthers scored their final run in the top of the fifth inning when Jacob Robinson scored on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Derrick.

The Hurricanes scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

The Panthers pounded out ten hits in the victory. McKinley Proctor led the way with two hits.  Others with hits included Parker Pocock, James Reed, Cal Hucks (doubled), Caleb Green, Matthew Derrick (doubled), Danny Waller, Dan Beam and Will Lawyer.  It was definitely good to see so many Panthers with hits during this game.  Will Lawyer had two RBI’s.

The win improves the Panther’s record to 11-5.

Panthers – 7       Greenville Hurricanes – 9

Well it took seven years and quite a few mistakes on our part but a homeschool team from South Carolina finally defeated a PAC Varsity baseball squad. The Panthers lost a closely contested game by 9-7 in Greenville on Saturday afternoon in the second game of a double header.

The Hurricanes jumped on top in the top of the first when their leadoff hitter (Holland) hit a triple. He scored on a ground out to the Panther second baseman.  The Panthers tied it up in the bottom of the third when Danny Waller singled and scored when Matthew Derrick drew a bases loaded walk.

The Hurricanes took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth inning by plating two runs. One run scored on a sacrifice fly and the other scored on an RBI single.  The Panthers clawed back for one run in the top of the fifth when Parker Pocock drew a walk, stole second base and scored on a double by Danny Waller.

The sixth inning ultimately determined the winner and the loser of this game. At first, it looked great for PAC as the Panthers scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead.  It all started with a single by John Edens.  He promptly stole second base.  Dan Beam then drew a walk to put runners on first and second.  Alex McKay hit a grounder to the Hurricane second baseman who tried to throw to the shortstop to force McKinley Proctor at second (McKinley was running for Dan who was the pitcher of record) but the shortstop dropped the ball which loaded the bases for the Panthers.  Parker drew a walk to drive in the first run of the inning.  Danny grounded into a fielder’s choice when he hit a grounder to the Hurricane third basemen who threw home to force McKinley for the first out of the inning.  The Hurricane catcher made a bad throw to the pitcher and Alex was alert and broke for home from third as soon as he saw the bad throw, scoring just ahead of the throw back home.  At this point, the Panthers had a 4-3 lead.  The Panthers added to this lead when Parker scored on a wild pitch after advancing to third on James Reed’s fielder’s choice.  Cal Hucks drew a walk and both James and Cal scored when Will Lawyer blasted a double to deep right field.  The Hurricanes got John to pop up for the third out of the inning but the Panthers had scored five runs to take what we all thought was an insurmountable lead.

However, The Hurricanes did not lay down and die. Dan Beam walked the first Hurricane batter in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Their nine-hole batter scorched a line drive to left field that the left fielder misread and let get by him all the way to the fence.  This put runners on second and third with no outs.  The Hurricane leadoff hitter hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored the first Hurricanes run of the inning.  The second walk of the inning put runners on first and second.  The next batter hit a chopper over the mound that the Panther shortstop fielded cleanly but a bad throw allowed the runner on second and put the other runners on second and third.  The score was now 7-5 in the Panthers favor.  The Panthers changed pitchers bringing in Matthew Derrick to try and save the game.  The Hurricanes clean-up hitter greeted Matthew with a double to left center field to plate two more runs to tie the game.  The clean-up hitter ended up scoring on a balk by Matthew.  The Hurricanes last run scored when they (Moseley) reached on an error by the Panther right fielder and ended up scoring on a wild pitch.

The Panthers had one more opportunity in the top of the seventh but could not push any runs across so the game ended with the Hurricanes victorious. For the game, the Hurricanes out hit the Panthers 10-7.  The Panthers were led by Danny Waller who had three hits (two singles and a double).  Others with hits included Hucks, Derrick, Lawyer (double) and Edens.

Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched three innings giving up three earned runs on seven hits.  Dan Beam followed Cal to the mound, surrendering four runs (only one was earned) on two hits.  Matthew Derrick was the last pitcher for Pac and surrendered two runs (one earned) on one hit.

The loss drops the Panthers record to 11-6. They take the field again on Tuesday against the Griffins from Fairfield Central.