Panthers (JV) 8 Robert E Lee Academy 6
The Junior baseball squad continued to finish its 2013 season strongly as they bested the Cavaliers from Robert E Lee Academy by a score of 8-6. Again just like in the first game, the Panthers JV squad sat its older players and played this as a middle school game in the spirit of fair competition. Even though the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead, the Panthers answered immediately and were never seriously threatened during the game. The Cavaliers plated two runs in the top of the first, but the Panthers answered with three in the bottom of the frame. Cole Owens got the Panthers going with a drive over the center fielders head that rolled to the fence allowing Cole to circle the bases for an inside the park home run. After one out, Anderson Blevins walked and went to third on a single by Cal Hucks. Both Anderson and Cal eventually scored with Danny Waller’s groundout scoring Cal from third. The teams traded runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Panthers scored theirs on a balk by the Cavalier pitcher and on a wild pitch. Robert E Lee plated a run in the top of the 4th to tie the game up. The Panthers were held scoreless in the bottom of the inning. After returning the favor to the Cavaliers by holding them scoreless in the 5th, the Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Anderson doubled to start the inning and that was followed by a double by Cal scoring Anderson. Cal went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielders choice by Danny Waller. The teams trade runs in the 6th inning before the game was ended so the varsity game could begin on time. The Panthers scored their run after Cole Plyler tripled and was driven in on a single by Hughes Butler (his second RBI in as many games). Cal Hucks had three hits for the Panthers including his double. Cole Owens had two hits, including his inside the park homerun. Anderson Blevins also contributed two hits with a single and a double and Hughes Butler contributed two singles as well. Carson Floyd was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. he went 1 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs. He gave up three hits and walked four. John Edens replaced him on the mound. John pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing two earned runs and two hits. He walked five and struck out two. Cole Owens finished the game on the mound. He went 2 1/3 innings allowing one run and two hits. He walked three and struck out one. The Panther JV squad is now 13-8-1 on the year and finish their season Wednesday night against Richard Winn Academy.
Panthers 16 Robert E Lee Academy 12
The Panther varsity squad won their second game in a row as the defeated the Cavaliers from Robert E Lee Academy 16-12. The Panthers riding the momentum of their win against Augusta Christian on Saturday scored multiple runs in every inning as they pounded out sixteen hits. The Cavaliers struck first as they plated two runs in the top of the 1st inning taking advantage of four walks and a single. The Panthers clawed back in the bottom of the first plating two runs of their own. Josh Hanna got them going with a single but was caught stealing second. Alex Blevins hit a soft single to left center to get on base and advanced to third on a ground rule double by Danny Morales. Sean West then singled driving in both Alex and Danny. Jake Brunson, the starting pitcher for the Panthers, settled down in the second inning allowing only one base runner. In the bottom of the 2nd, Matthew Lord led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Jacob Cain sacrificed him to second. Caleb Wilson reached on an error by the Cavalier third baseman who was in for a rough inning. Josh Hanna then doubled driving in Matthew. Alex Blevins hit a smash to the third baseman who bravely got in front of the ball but was staggered when the ball bounced up and hit him in the throat. Caleb Wilson scored on the play. After the third baseman walked off the injury, Danny Morales hit another scorcher right at him The third baseman, still smarting from Alex’s hit, let this one get by him and Josh Hanna scored and Alex went to third base. With runners on first and third, the Panthers signaled for Danny to steal second base. Danny broke on the pitch and the catcher popped up to make a throw to second. Seeing the throw, Alex broke for home. The Cavalier second baseman attempted to cut the catcher’s throw off and throw Alex out at home but his throw was to late. Danny also later scored in the inning. Jake Brunson held the Cavaliers scoreless again in the third inning and the Panthers added to their lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring another six runs. Jacob Cain got things going with a single and consecutive singles by Caleb Wilson and Josh Hanna loaded the bases. Alex drew a bases loaded walk driving in the first run of the inning. Danny Morales then doubled scoring two more. Sean West drew a walk to load the bases again. Jake Brunson then walked driving in another run. James Reed then singled driving in the final two runs of the inning. At this point in the game, The Panthers led 13-2 and the coaches decided to pull Jake Brunson off of the mound so he would be available to pitch later in the week if necessary. The coaches also made wholesale substitutions thinking the game was well in hand. Funny but it never felt that way for the rest of the game. The Cavaliers tried to fight their way back by scoring four runs in the 4th inning. They did it on a Panther error, two walks and two base hits. The Panthers answered in the bottom of the 4th by scoring three runs of their own. Alex Blevins singled with one out and scored on another double by Danny Morales, his third double of the game. Danny scored when Trevor Dacus reached base due to an error by the Cavalier catcher. Clay Dickinson then reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when the Cavalier right fielder misplayed a single by Panther catcher, James Reed. At this point, the Panther bats shut completely off and the they had to just hold on for their lives. The Cavaliers inched closer by scoring two more runs in the 5th and three more in the 6th. They added one more run in the 7th but eventually just ran out of innings before the game ended. As noted before, Danny Morales led the way with three hits, all of them doubles and three RBI’s. James Reed broke out of his slump by slapping three singles and driving in two runs. Josh Hanna had three hits one of which was a double. Alex Blevins had three singles and drove in two runs. Alex and Danny Morales both scored four runs. As noted above, Jake Brunson was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. Even though, he was pulled after three innings he was still given credit for the win since it was the coach’s decision to pull him and the Panthers never lost the lead. He pitched three innings giving up two earned runs. He allowed one hit, struck out one and walked six. Josh Hanna relieved Jake on the mound and pitched one inning. He gave up six runs only two of which were earned. He allowed three hits, struck out one and walked four. He was replaced by Brian Wilson who also pitched one inning. He allowed two runs one of which was earned. Alex Blevins then was brought in to try to regain control of the game. He inherited a bases loaded, no out situation. He allowed the inherited runners to score but the Cavaliers were forced to trade outs for the runs. In the top of the seventh, he gave up two hits and one run but thankfully ended the game with a strikeout. The Panther Varsity squad is now 11-7 on the year and have guaranteed themselves the first winning season ever at the Varsity level. They try to continue to build on this record as they take on Keenan High School Tuesday night at Bray Park.