Panthers – 10 Richard Winn – 0
The Panthers rebounded from the loss to Augusta Christian to a win a rain soaked game against the Eagles from Richard Winn. After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the first inning, the Panthers exploded out of the gate by plating four runs. John Edens doubled to start things off and then stole third base. Parker Pocock was walked and stole second. Cal Hucks walked to load the bases with one out. Danny Waller slapped a line drive to right field that the Eagle right fielder misplayed allowing the Panthers to empty the bases with Danny ending up on third. Danny scored on a sacrifice fly by Avery Blevins.
John scored his second run in as many innings when he was walked and stole second and third. James Reed singled to score John and to move Parker to third after Parker had reached on a walk. Parker then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cal Hucks. After two innings, the Panthers led 6-0.
Parker scored his third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. He scorched a line drive to center field. The center fielder rushed in to field the ball but the ball skipped on the wet grass, bouncing over the charging fielder’s glove and kept rolling until it nestled up against the fence in dead center field. Parker kept chugging around the bases and reached home before the Eagle fielder’s were able to retrieve the ball and get it back in the infield.
The field conditions were continuing to worsen as it had drizzled since the second inning and the game was now in the bottom of the fifth. Several people helped work on the field between innings to keep it in a playable condition (special thanks to Caleb Reed, Clint Lawyer and Kim Pocock) but it was getting to the point where the game would need to be stopped for safety reasons. The Panthers were three runs short of ending the game on their own so they went out and scored three runs. Danny Waller, Caleb Green and Austin Coates all received walks to load the bases but there were two outs. John Edens hit his second double of the game to plate the first two runs. Parker received a walk to reload the bases. James then drew a walk to force in Austin with the game ending run.
The Panthers only had six hits on the night with John leading the way with two doubles. Others with hits include Parker (a single with three walks), James Reed (single), Danny (single) and Avery (single). John and Danny had two RBI’s and Parker scored three runs.
Matthew Derrick was the winning pitcher for PAC, improving his record to 2-2. He only allowed on hit on the night while striking out five and walking four.
The win improves the Panthers record to 16-7.