The Panthers fell to the Griffins from Fairfield Central High School on Tuesday night by a score of 9-8. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead when they scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Parker Pocock reached base due to an error by the Griffin shortstop. McKinley Proctor stroked a single to right field sending Parker to third with McKinley advancing to second on the throw to third. James Reed then singled to score both runners. The Griffins tied the game in the bottom of the frame, scoring one run on a double and the other on a Panther error.
The Griffins jumped to the lead by scoring another two runs in the bottom of the third. A hit batter followed by a single and two Panther errors allowed the runs to score.
The Panthers got one run back in the top of the fourth when Parker walked and later scored on a single by James Reed. The Griffins took control of the game in the bottom of the frame when they scored four runs on three hits, taking advantage of five Panther errors. UGHHHH. The Panthers now trailed 8-3.
The Panthers begin the long climb back into the game by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. James Reed and Cal Hucks both walked and advanced to third and second on steals. Matthew Derrick then hit a texas leaguer in short left center field to plate both runs. Unfortunately, the Griffins got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame when a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Panthers continued their fight and clawed for another three runs in the top of the sixth to make it a one run game. William Lawyer led off with a walk but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Parker. Parker advanced to second on a groundout by McKinley. James Reed singled and Cal Hucks walked to load the bases. Matthew Derrick came to the plate and hit a hard grounder up the middle that the shortstop let get under his glove. The Griffin outfield was slow to react and the ball went almost to the fence allowing all three Panther runners to score. Matthew reached third on the play but was ultimately stranded there. The Griffins did not score in the bottom of the sixth.
John Edens led off the top of the seventh with a single but was gunned down on a steal attempt by the hard throwing Griffin catcher. A groundout and a strikeout ended the game in the Griffin’s favor.
Will Lawyer (0-2) took the loss on the mound for the Panthers. He gave up nine runs but only three were earned as the Panthers made nine errors behind him. The Panthers had twenty productive at bats for the night beating their goal of fourteen but it did not help as they still took the loss.
The Panthers fall to 1-2 on the season, taking to the diamond again when they travel to Hammond on Wednesday night.