Game 1: Panthers (Varsity) 12 Augusta Christian 11
On a beautiful Friday evening, the first of a twin bill between the PAC Panthers and the Augusta Christian Lions started out slowly but exploded late as runs seemed to come as quickly as a Panther moving in for the kill. Both sets of big cats stayed in their respective dens for the first two innings with only the Lions threatening by baring its fangs when they left the bases loaded in the top of the second inning. The Panthers emerged and began their hunt in the bottom of the third inning. Trevor Dacus reached on a single and later scored on a single by Caleb Wilson. Caleb then scored on a double to deep left center by Alex Blevins. Alex stole third base and scored when the Lion’s first baseman booted a grounder by Sean West. The Lions roared back in the top of the fourth inning by taking the lead when they scored four runs of their own. The big blow was a bases clearing triple hit down the right field line by the Lion’s center fielder (Cartledge). The Panthers took the lead back in their half of the fourth when they scored four runs, sending nine hitters to the plate. Consecutive singles to open the inning by James Reed and Jake Brunson put runners on base. After a Pat Brunson sacrifice fly to score James Reed from third, Daniel Reed singled sending Jake to third. Anderson Blevins then laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt scoring Jake from third. The bunt was well placed between all the fielders on the right side of the infield and Anderson reached on the infield hit. Daniel Reed later scored when Sean West reached on an error on the Lions second baseman and Anderson closed out the scoring when he scored on a wild pitch. The Panthers continued the hunt in the bottom of the fifth inning when they plated five more runs. James Reed and Jake Brunson once again got the party started by hitting back to back singles to begin the inning. Pat Brunson then reached first on a catcher’s interference call (his bat struck the catcher’s glove on its swing through the strike zone). Daniel Reed then drew a walk driving in his brother James from third. Anderson Blevins then grounded out into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored on the play. Caleb Wilson then drove a triple into left center scoring Anderson and Alex Blevins singled to score Caleb on the next pitch. Gathering their pride, the Lions scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning when they got two hits and took advantage of two Panther errors and two walks. The Panthers stayed quiet in the bottom of the sixth and the Lions made things very interesting in the top of the seventh. Entering the inning, trailing 12-8, the Lions got their first batter on base due to a Panther error to reach first safely. The next batter flew out to left field for the first out. The Lion’s leadoff hitter (Testke) then singled and a walk to the next batter loaded the bases. Another Panther error kept the Lions prowling and scored the first run of the inning. The Lion’s clean-up hitter then did his job and singled scoring two more runs. On the play, however, he attempted to reach second and was thrown out for the second out of the inning. With the tying run only ninety feet away, the Panthers finally ended the game when their last batter flew out to Daniel Reed in right field. The Panthers pounded out twelve hits in the game and had multiple players with two hits (Anderson Blevins, Caleb Wilson, Alex Blevins, James Reed and Jake Brunson). Anderson led the team with three RBI’s and Caleb and Alex both had two. Sean West was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He pitched three innings; gave up two earned runs on one hit and seven walks. He struck out three. Caleb Wilson relieved Sean on the mound, pitching three and one third innings. He gave up nine runs of which only five were earned. He gave up seven hits and walked two while getting three strikeouts. Alex earned the save pitching two thirds of an inning allowing no runs and one hit. The Panther varsity squad is now 4-1 on the year.
Game 2: Panthers (V) 13 Augusta Christian 4
The Panthers won the second game of Friday’s doubleheader in a game that was easier on the coach’s nerves. They sprinted out to a big lead in the first and were never seriously threatened in the night cap. Jake Brunson, the Panther starting pitcher, pitched his best game of the year going four innings. He allowed four runs only one of which was earned. He gave up three hits, walked four and struck out three. Daniel Reed pitched the final inning allowing no runs and only one hit. He struck out two. Anderson Blevins got the Panthers started in the bottom of the first when he led off with a single. With one out, Alex Blevins was hit by a pitch. Sean West and Clay Dickinson then hit back to back singles, with both hits driving in one run each. After Jake Brunson was hit by a pitch, James Reed was walked driving in one run. Pat Brunson then singled to drive in the fourth run of the inning and Daniel Barfield grounded out to the first baseman scoring the fifth and final run of the inning. The Panthers added one run in the second inning when Caleb Wilsons scored on a single by Clay Dickinson. They scored one more in the third when Pat Brunson doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Grant Floyd. The Panthers effectively ended the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored six more runs. Alex Blevins started everything out with a walk. Sean West flew out for the first out of the inning but then the wheels really fell off for the Lion’s pitcher. Consecutive free passes load the bases full of Panthers. James Reed came up and smoked a ball to deep left field clearing the bases with James ending up at second. Pat Brunson singled putting runners at the corners for the Panthers. Anderson then blasted a triple to right center field scoring two more runs. Caleb closed out the scoring by doubling to right field scoring Anderson. For the game the Panthers had ten hits. It was really good to see the Panther bats come alive tonight, totaling twenty-two runs on the evening. In this game, Anderson, Clay and Pat Brunson all had two hits. James Reed had four RBI’s and Anderson and Clay both had two each. The Panthers are now 5-1 on the season.