Panther JV Baseball Loses to Skyhawks from Hammond (7-9)

The Panther JV squad lost its first game of the year to the Skyhawks from Hammond by a score of 9-7.  The Panthers jumped out to a one nothing lead in the first inning when Matthew Derrick walked advanced to third on a single by Danny Waller and scored on a ground out by William Lawyer.  The Skyhawks soared to the lead when they plated four runs in the top of the second inning taking advantage of two errors, two hits and two walks.  The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the second but stranded Jacob Robinson was stranded at third.    The Skyhawks scored another run in the third to increase their lead to 5-1.  The Panthers clawed back into the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Matthew Derrick walked and then scored on a double by Danny Waller.  William Lawyer walked and both he and Danny advanced one base on a groundout by Austin “Stump” Coates.  Micah West then singled, scoring both Waller and Lawyer.  The Skyhawks put the game away in the top of the fourth by plating another four runs.  They put together four hits, accepted two walks and took advantage of one Panther error in scoring those runs.  The Panthers were silent in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Skyhawks remained grounded in the top of the fifth.  In the midst of a steady rain, the valiant Panthers attempted a comeback that fell just short.  The Panthers scored three runs and had the bases loaded when the last out was recorded.    The Panthers only had one hit (Caleb Green) in the rally but they were helped along by six free passes by Skyhawk pitchers.  Matthew Derrick pitched three and one third innings.  He gave up seven hits and eight runs, five of which were earned.  He was followed to the mound by William Lawyer who pitched the final inning and two thirds.  William gave up on unearned run on one hit.  The Panther JV squad is now 0-1 on the year and return to the diamond this Saturday for a game against the Easley Guardians.