Panthers Baseball Splits with Hammond

Panthers (JV) 6                 Hammond 3

The Panther JV squad improved to 4-1 on the season with a 6-3 victory at Hammond on Wednesday night.  The Panthers sprung to a 6-0 lead after four and then held on as the Skyhawks put three runs on the board over the last three innings.  The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning.  Danny Waller singled and Cal Hucks walked with one out.  The managed to work their way around the bases without the benefit of another hit and both scored on past balls.  In the third inning, the Panthers plated three more runs on four consecutive hits and a sacrifice by Parker Pocock.  The Panthers scored their last run of the game when Danny Waller hit a double scoring Daniel Williams who had reached base due to an error by the Skyhawk first baseman.  The Hammond team dented the scoring column for their first run in the fifth and added two more in the seventh but it was too little too late.  Danny Waller led the way with three hits including a double.    Cole Plyler and Cal Hucks contributed two hits apiece.  Cal Hucks earned the win on the mound, pitching four strong innings.  He allowed only two hits, gave up three walks while striking out two.  He allowed no runs.  Carson Floyd pitched the fifth and sixth innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits.  He walked four and struck out two.   Danny Waller finished the game on the mound for the Panthers.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  He walked two and struck out one.  The Panther Junior Varsity club is now 4-1 on the season.

Panthers (V) 4                   Hammond 11

The Panthers varsity squad continued their futility at Skyhawk field against Hammond on Wednesday night.  Just like last year the Panthers charged to an early lead only to see their pitching and defense falter and their bats eventually go quiet.  The Panthers scored in the first inning when Anderson Blevins singled to open the game and was sacrificed to second by Caleb Wilson.  He advance to third on a passed ball and then scored on a shallow sacrifice fly by Alex Blevins.  The Panthers scratched another run across in the second when Jake Brunson reached on a single and eventually scored on an infield hit by Anderson.  The Skyhawks responded in the bottom of the second when five runs soared across the plate.  They had only one hit in the inning but the Panthers helped them out by putting five runners on base through errors or walks.  The Panthers scored another single run in the third inning when Alex walked and eventually scored on a passed ball.  The Skyhawks effectively put the game away in the bottom of the third by plating another four runs.  This time they did most of the work themselves getting four hits in the inning.  Hammond scored two more in the fifth and the Panthers were only able to muster another single run in the sixth when Clay Dickinson singled and later scored on a passed ball.  For the game, the Panthers only day four hits with Anderson Blevins knocking two singles and Jake Brunson and Clay Dickinson each slapping a single.    Trevor Dacus pitched two and two thirds innings in taking the loss.  He allowed nine runs but only four were earned.  He allowed four hits and six walks.  He struck out three.  James Reed pitched the final three and one third innings.  He gave up two earned runs on six hits and one walk.  He struck out six.  The Panther varsity squad is now 3-1 on the season.