Panther Baseball Splits with Keenan

The JV baseball team beat Keenan’s JV team 13-0 this past Saturday.  The Panthers dominated in all phases of the game.  Two Panther hurlers combined for a five inning no hit game.  Jacob Cain pitched the first three innings allowing only one base runner who reached via a walk.  He struck out two on the day.  Drew Hankins pitched the final two innings for the Panthers striking out three.  The Panthers played solid defense behind the two pitchers accumulating seven assisted put outs.  The Panthers scored early and often in this lopsided game.  In the first inning, Anderson Blevins led off the game with a walk and eventually scored on a rbi groundout by Clay Dickinson.  In the second, James Reed got the ball rolling with a single to lead off the inning.  After a rbi groundout by Cal Hucks, consecutive hits by Trevor Dacus (single) and JC Ellis (double) plated another run.  Trevor scored on a wild pitch and Caleb Wilson finished off the scoring in the inning by scoring on a single by Jacob Cain after Caleb had doubled to right center.  The Panthers scored one run in the third inning when Reed singled and eventually scored on a rbi groundout by Trevor Dacus.  After a relatively quiet 3rd inning, the Panthers exploded again in the 4th when they plated five runs on five hits, a hit batsman and an error.  In the fifth, the Panthers added two insurance runs on three hits.  The JV squad is now 16-5-1.

The Panther varsity club lost a game that it absolutely should have won this past Saturday against Keenan High School by a score of 10-11.  After the game, the coaches tried to remind the players that the joy was in the competition and camaraderie, not necessarily in the wins and losses.  When they are no longer playing baseball and these players look back at their varsity experience they will remember the fun they had, the friends they made and the life lessons they earned and not that they lost a late lead against a team they should have beaten on a sunny day in April 2012.  Joseph Sightler started the game on the mound, giving up four runs, none of them earned.  Thomas Castles pitched two and one third innings giving up seven runs, four of them earned.  Combined the pitchers gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked only one.  They were undone by seven errors in the defense behind them.  Offensively, the Panthers were led by Josh Hanna who had three hits and one rbi.  Alex Blevins, Danny Morales and Thomas Castles all had two hits with Danny knocking in four runs.  The Panthers are now 10-12 on the season.