Panthers (JV) 14 Richard Winn 8
The Junior Panther squad closed out its season with a 14-8 victory at Bray Park on Wednesday night. The Panthers took the lead in the very first inning by scoring five runs and never looked back. The Eagles scored one run in the first, three in the 4th, two runs in the 6th and two runs in the 7th but they never seriously threatened the Panther lead. As stated earlier the Panthers plated five runs in the first inning. Cole Owens led off with a single. He took second and third on a ground out to third by Anderson Blevins. Cal Hucks then blasted a triple to deep center field scoring Cole. JC Ellis then reached on a dropped third strike. Patrick Brunson then hit a single knocking in Cal and JC. Danny Waller moved Pat to scoring position with another single and then Pat scored on a RBI groundout by Daniel Barfield. Danny Waller scored on a RBI single by John Edens to close the scoring in the first. The Panthers added one run in the 2nd when Anderson Blevins doubled to right center field and was driven home on a double by Cal Hucks. The Panthers kept the pressure on the Eagles by scoring another six runs in the 3rd inning. Carson Floyd led off by getting plunked by the pitch. After one out, Cole Plyler and Cole Owens received free passes on base. Carson Floyd scored when the Eagle pitcher balked and Cole Plyler scored on a wild pitch. Anderson Blevins then singled to put runners at first and third. Cal Hucks reached on an error by the Eagle shortstop which plated Cole Owens. JC Ellis singled to load the bases. Pat Brunson then doubled down the left field line scoring Anderson and Cal. Daniel Williams then singled to scored JC Ellis and serious damage had been done to any comeback hopes the Eagles had. The Panthers went quietly in the 4th and 5th innings but added two more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Parker Pocock and Danny Waller both walked. After two strikeouts, Anderson Blevins tripled to deep left center driving in the final two runs of the game. Anderson Blevins and Cal Hucks led the Panther with three hits a piece; both hitting a single, a double and a triple. Cal Hucks knocked in three runs while Anderson knocked in two. Pat Brunson had four RBI’s for the game and two hits; a single and a double. Four different pitchers toed the rubber for the Panther in their final game. JC Ellis started the game and allowed no runs over two innings. Daniel Barfield then took to the mound for his first ever pitching appearance for the Panthers. He went 1 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out one. Daniel Williams pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs or hits and struck out one. Patrick Brunson finished the game on the mound going the final two innings. He allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, striking out three. The Panther JV squad finishes their 2013 campaign with a 14-8-1 record. This is the fourth consecutive year the Panthers JV squad has finished with a winning record. Great job boys!
Panthers 4 Richard Winn 1
In the nightcap and finale for the varsity squad, the Panthers won a well played game 4-1 against the Richard Winn Eagles. The victory was bittersweet. Sweet because the Panthers added another win to their victory tally for the year but bitter because Josh Hanna, Danny Morales and David Mast all played their last game for the Panthers as these seniors move on to the next stage of their life. I would be remiss if I did not mention that this was also the last game Ken Hanna would be coaching for the Panthers as his son (Josh) graduates this year. Ken has been with our program since it was founded four years ago. We appreciate all of their contributions to the Panthers and wish them well in all of their future endeavors. They will be missed but not forgotten. The Eagles soared across the plate first in this game by scoring a run in the 3rd inning taking advantage of two hits and an error. The Panthers had numerous chances to score throughout the game including the 2nd inning when they got runners on second and third with no outs but James Reed lined into a triple play. The stunned Panthers did not fold but simply went back to work. They finally broke through in the 4th inning. Alex Blevins reached on an error by the Eagle third baseman but was thrown out at second on an attempted steal. Danny Morales then walked and Sean West was hit by a pitch putting runners at first and second. Jake Brunson then singled to load the bases. James Reed followed with a single driving in the first run of the inning and reloading the bases. The Eagle pitcher balked allowing Sean West to score. After the second out of the inning, Matthew Lord hit a flare into right center field. The charging Eagle right fielder got their in time to catch the ball but saw it harmlessly bounce off for a two run error. The Panthers threatened again later in the game but were not able to score. Caleb Wilson the starting pitcher for the Panthers and he, along with some stellar defensive plays behind him, made those four runs stand up as he dominated Richard Winn only allowing the one run. He was in complete control of the game only allowing three hits as he effectively moved in and out of the strike zone and was able to consistently throw his curve ball for a strike. He walked three and struck out three. The Panther offense was led by Alex Blevins who had a single and a double. Jake Brunson and Matthew Lord both contributed two singles and Sean West blasted a double to deep left center field. The Panthers posted their first ever winning season in 2013 finishing with a 12-7 record. Congratulations!!!