Panthers Caged by Lions on Diamond

Panthers – 6                       Augusta Christian – 12

A modest four game winning streak by the Panther varsity baseball squad came crashing to a halt on Tuesday night as the Lions of Augusta Christian stalked the Panthers at Bray Park and walked away with a victory. The Panthers struck first by plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning after holding the Lions scoreless in the top of the inning.  John Edens reached on an error and went second on a passed ball.  He advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Parker Pocock and scored on an error by the Lion right fielder which also allowed Cal Hucks to reach base safely.  Danny Waller doubled with two outs to drive in Cal.

The Lions responded immediately by scoring four runs in the top of the second on the strength of three hits, including a double and a triple. They added two more runs in the top of the third inning on three more hits and a Panther error.

John and Parker both scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to get the Panthers back with striking distance (6-4 Lions). Both singled with two outs and then both scored on a double to deep left center field by James Reed.

Augusta Christian put the game away in the top of the seventh inning when they plated six runs. They got the bases loaded with no outs and then everything went wrong for the Panthers.  The Panthers committed three errors in the inning but the Lions helped their own cause with three hits in the inning, only one of which got out of the infield.  The Panthers tried to mount a comeback and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh but the hole they were in was just too deep to climb out of.  Will Lawyer led off the inning with a double and Jacob Robinson came in to pinch run for him.  Jacob scored on a double by Parker Pocock.  Parker then scored on a triple by Cal Hucks.

Parker and Will Lawyer led the Panthers at the plate with two hits apiece, with both hitting a single and a double. Cal Hucks contributed a triple and James Reed and Danny Waller both connected for doubles.  John Edens had the only other hit for PAC.  The Panthers only had ten productive at bats against their per game goal of fourteen.

Matthew Derrick was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched five innings allowing six runs, three of which were earned.  He gave up eight hits while striking out two.  Will Lawyer pitched the final two innings.  He gave up six unearned runs on three hits.  He walked one batter and struck out two.

The loss drops the Panthers record to 15-7.