On Tuesday night, the JV baseball team beat Cardinal Newman 8-6 in an exciting game at the Polo Road baseball complex. The Cardinals eked out a run against the Panthers in the third inning to take the lead 1-0. The Panthers answered in the top of the fourth when Anderson Blevins knocked in Trevor Dacus who had reached on a single. The two teams displayed solid pitching and defense in the fourth inning but the game got really interesting in the 5th and 6th innings. In the top of the fifth, the Panthers got the bases loaded on two singles and a walk. Then with two outs in the inning, Trevor Dacus hit a bases clearing triple down the right field line. The Cardinals bounced right back by taking the lead in the bottom of the frame when they plated four runs taking advantage of two hits, five walks and an error. The Cardinals left the bases loaded when the Panthers induced a strikeout and then a groundout to end the inning. The Panthers came up to the plate in the top of the sixth inning trailing by two. Anderson led off with a single. Cole Owens fought for a walk in an epic twelve pitch at bat. Anderosn scored on a wild pitch and then Jacob Cain then hit a single scoring another run. Jacob scored on a triple by James Reed. Pat Brunson finished off the scoring by hitting an RBI groundout. The Panthers then set the Cardinals down in order to end the game which ended one inning early due to time limitations. The JV team is now 13-4-1.
The Varsity club lost the nightcap against Cardinal Newman by a score of 6-5. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs in the first inning due to two errors by the Cardinal’s centerfielder. They added a single run in the second when Thomas Castles scored on a double by Jake Brunson. They added another single run in the third inning when Alex Blevins scored on a sacrifice fly by Joseph Sightler. The Cardinals came up to bat in the bottom of the third inning trailing 4-0 but this is where the wheels began to fall off for the Panthers. The Cardinals plated three runs on three walks, one hit batsman, an error and a fielder’s choice. The Cardinals scored two more runs in the fifth to take the lead 5-4 on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman. After a quiet sixth innings by both teams, the Panthers came into the top of the seventh needing one run to tie the game. They plated that run when Jonathan LIva hit a single with two outs to score Josh Hanna who had reached base after being hit by a pitch. The Panthers gave up one run in the bottom of the seventh to lose the game. For the game, Panther pitchers who normally are very reliable throwing strikes gave up eight walks. Where is Ebenezer Scrooge when I need him? I believe the saying is that strike zone was “tight as a drum” for the Panther pitchers all night. That and some mistakes in the field and in base running doomed the Panthers in this game. For the game, Alex Blevins had two hits and Joseph Sightler had two RBI’s.. The Panthers will try to bounce back next Monday night against Orangeburg Prep at Bray Park. The Varsity team is now 9-10 on the season.