Panthers (JV) 7 Ben Lippen 6
In a game that got away from the junior Panther squad, the Falcons from Ben Lippen won their first game of the year by a score of 7-6. The Panthers learned several good lessons that will be useful in their lives beyond baseball. The first lesson is never to take anything for granted; that you must always do your best no matter what. The second lesson is that the umpires in our life will make calls that we don’t like or are wrong altogether; however, you can’t dwell on that and must persevere to the end. You must also look in the mirror to see what you could have done differently to produce a different outcome. The Falcons scored two in the first by taking advantage of one hit and three walks. They added three more in the top of the 4th inning, stringing four hits together. The Panthers drew within one run in the bottom of that frame by plating four runs on the strength of four straight hits to begin the inning. The game remained that way until the 7th inning. In the top of the 7th, the Falcons added two insurance runs, runs that they would desperately need on this night. They slammed two doubles and two singles in this rally. The last run scored on a controversial play at home but scored nonetheless. The Panthers attempted to rally in the bottom of the 7th inning by scoring two of their own but the Falcons turned a double play on a line drive by Danny Waller and the game ended on a strikeout. The Panthers were led at the plate by Anderson Blevins who had a double and a single. He also scored one run. Cole Owens contributed two singles and JC Ellis slammed a triple. Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He went four innings giving up five runs, all of which were earned. He gave up eight hits and walked three, one of which scored. He also struck out three. Danny Waller relieved Cal on the mound and went 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two earned runs, four hits and walked one. Anderson Blevins finished the game of the mound striking out one and walking one. He did not allow any runs. The junior Panther squad is now 9-6-1 on the year.
Panthers 3 Ben Lippen 1
The Panthers continued their good play of late and won a close game against the Falcons of Ben Lippen 3-1 on Monday night. The story of this game was starter Jake Brunson. He pitched a complete game giving up one earned run. He only allowed four hits and four walks while striking out five Falcon hitters. Jake worked in and out of trouble but managed to keep the Falcons off the board other than their run in the 3rd inning. He was backed up by excellent defense including a 4-6-3 double play in the 6thf inning after the Falcons had gotten their first two batters on base with no outs. Offensively, the Panthers did just enough to win. They plated one run in the 2nd inning, when Sean West doubled to start the inning. Courtesy runner David Mast scored on a single by Jacob Cain. The Panthers added their last two runs in the 5th inning. Josh Hanna led off with a single. Alex Blevins then walked putting runners at first and second. Josh got a late break on a pitch in the dirt and headed to third base. The catcher came up throwing but threw the ball into left field allowing Josh to score. On the throw home, Alex Blevins took third and then scored on a RBI single by Danny Morales. For the game, the Panthers pounded out eight hits. They were led by Josh Hanna who had two singles and a triple. Sean West contributed a double and a single. Danny and Jacob Cain both had singles as did leadoff hitter Caleb Wilson. The Panthers are now 9-4. They take to the field again this Wednesday night against Cardinal Newman.