Panthers – 8 Upstate Eagles – 0
The Panthers travelled to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday to play the Upstate Eagles in historic Duncan Park where the likes of Lou Gehrig and Shoeless Joe Jackson once played America’s pastime. After the rain clouds lifted, the sun shone bright making it a beautiful day for baseball.
The Panthers struck for one run in the top of the first inning. John Edens and Parker Pocock hit back to back singles. John reached third when Cal Hucks hit into a fielder’s choice. John then scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Matthew Derrick.
The Panthers padded their lead in the top of the second scoring an additional three runs. Austin “Stump” Coates led off with a single. Avery Blevins hit a chopper in front of the plate. The catcher jumped up, collected the ball and threw to first to get Avery out but the throw was mishandled by the second baseman who was covering first on the play. This miscue would come back to haunt the Eagles. William Lawyer singled to load the bases. Stump scored on a fielder’s choice hit by John Edens. Parker then stroked a single to right center field scoring both Avery and Alex McKay (courtesy runner for the pitcher Will Lawyer).
Cal Hucks doubled to begin the third inning and scored on a single by Matthew Derrick. Both teams were then scoreless until the sixth inning. The Eagles got one quick out but then their pitcher struggled with his control walking three straight batters (Robinson, Lawyer and Edens). Parker Pocock slapped his third hit of the game, a single, scoring Jacob and McKay (running once again for Will). John then scored on Cal’s third hit of the game.
The Panthers had ten hits in the game representing their high water mark for the year. They were led by Parker and Cal who both had three hits. Parker had three singles and four RBI’s. Cal hit two singles and a double. Others with hits include Edens, Derrick, Coates and Lawyer. The Panthers had nineteen productive at bats for the game.
Will was the starting pitcher for PAC, earning the win and improving his record to 1-2. He pitched six innings allowing no runs. He allowed five hits and struck out four. He did not walk a batter in an excellent display of control. The Eagles hit several balls sharply but, luckily for the Panthers, they hit them right at Panther fielders. John Edens and Parker Pocock had nice catches in the outfield and William helped turn a double play when he snared a line shot hit back up the middle. Cal Hucks pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the game.
The Panthers improved to 5-3 on the season and return to the diamond, Monday night, at Richard Winn academy.