The Panthers rebounded from their lopsided loss to the Hammond Skyhawks by besting the Eagles from Newberry Academy 9-3. The Panthers scored on in the first inning when McKinley Proctor singled, advanced to third on a walk and a passed ball, and scored on a ground out by David Hucks.
The Panthers padded their lead in the second by scoring three runs. Connor Shealy and Drew McKay drew walks to open the inning. With one out, Alex McKay walked to load the bases. Connor then scored when Jonathan Sarazen worked the pitcher for the fourth walk of the inning. Avery Blevins came up with the bases still loaded and grounded out to second scoring Drew. Alex McKay later scored the last run of the inning when the Eagles had Jonathan in a run down around second base.
The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of two singles and a walk. The Panthers answered right away by plating two more in the top of the sixth. Jonathan Sarazen was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Avery drove in his second run of the game when he lofted a fly ball to right field which was deep enough to allow Jonathan to tag up and score. McKinley then got his second hit of the game and stole second base. He scored on a long double to right field by Caleb Green.
The seventh inning saw the Panthers score three runs in the top of the inning and the Eagles attempt to claw back into the game but they could only score two runs. In the top of the seventh, Zach Thurber was hit on a pitch and scored on a single by Jonathan. Jonathan scored on a single by Avery and Avery scored on a sacrifice fly by David Hucks.
David Hucks was awarded the pitching victory for PAC evening his record at 2-2. He struck out one and did not allow any hits or runs over two innings. Samuel Leslie came on to pitch the next two innings. He also struck out one while not allowing any hits or runs. Zach Thurber pitched the fifth inning allowing one run on two hits. Connor pitched the sixth inning striking out one while not allowing any hits or runs. Caleb pitched the final two innings allowing two runs (one earned) on no hits. One error helped the Eagles score those runs.
Game Notes: Micah West missed the game due to a medical condition. He will also miss this weekend’s games against Savannah but should return next week against Heathwood Hall. Samuel Leslie was hit on the elbow by a pitch and had to be removed from the game. He will also miss the Savannah games but should return against Heathwood. The Panthers had six hits with McKinley knocking two singles. Others with hits include Avery, Caleb (double), David and Jonathan. The Panthers had 24 productive at bats in the game. The Panthers record improved to 8-3 with the victory.